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ONE on TNT (Part I) will air live in the US during primetime tonight (April 7) from Singapore. The promotion has pitched two of its biggest stars, Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, for this groundbreaking event.

Johnson has a shot at the flyweight title when he faces reigning champion Adriano Moraes in the main event. Alvarez will seek his second victory for the promotion as he seeks to become the first fighter to win titles with the UFC, ONE Championship and Bellator.

A last minute shakeup sees Rade Opacic and Mehdi Berghi removed from the card. As a result, Patrick Schmid will make his MMA debut against Oumar Kane.

Oumar Kane vs. Patrick Schmid (Heavyweight)

Oumar “Reug Reug” Kane (2-0) hails from wrestling and is known for some spectacular punches. Standing 6’4 ”will have a significant height advantage here.

Patrick Schmid is making his MMA debut around 48 hours in advance after training for a kickboxing fight. It seems like an impossible mission for the kickboxer who will not have had time to work on his takedown defense before taking on a fighter.

Tyler McGuire vs. Raimond Magomedaliev (Welterweight)

Tyler McGuire’s takedowns (12-1) have been key to all of his ONE Championship victories. He will look to put Raimond Magomedaliev on his back and keep him there for 15 minutes.

Raimond Magomedaliev (7-1) hails from Dagestan, but is better known for his spinning punches than his takedowns. There seems to be elements of karate in his style, he keeps his hands low and likes to stay in his pocket and throw lots of feints.

Muay Thai: Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Jacob smith (Fly weight)

Rodtang Jitmuangnon will not take a step back in this contest. He has won 10 out of 10 for ONE Championship and, entering this as a huge favorite, he will want to put on a real show for American fans.

Danial Williams accepted this fight relatively late. The New Zealander will be a big underdog, but he did fight some elite Japanese fighters on K-1 cards during his kickboxing career.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus (Light)

Eddie Alvarez (30-7) is perhaps the most successful fighter-boxer in MMA history. He loves fights and will plant his feet and throw, but he can also take down opponents when he goes into deep water.

The former Bellator and UFC lightweight champion is never in a boring fight.

Iuri Lapicus (12-1) trains with the Petrosyan brothers in Italy. Despite that fact, the vast majority of his victories have come by submission, but he outscored Christian Lee last time out and had the champion rise to the mark.

Adriano Moraes (c) vs. Demetrious Johnson (for the flyweight title)

Adriano Moraes (18-3) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) black belt and a tall, thin fighter, but he has a real problem finishing fights. During the early days of his career, the Brazilian attacked with flying knees, mixing punches and takedowns to devastating effect, but he seems to have slowed down in recent years.

Demetrious Johnson (30-3-1) is possibly the best fighter to ever enter the cage. He can do it all, but it’s “Mighty Mouse “‘s ability to seamlessly transition between hitting, fighting and grabbing in a dynamic way that really sets him apart from the rest of the crowd.

The full ONE: “Unbreakable” card will be available to watch live for free in select territories using the newly launched app that you can download here. In the US it will be available on TNT.

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