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ONE reveals bracket for Lightweight World Grand Prix, featuring Eddie Alvarez

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The ONE Championship Lightweight World Grand Prix is set to begin.

On Thursday, officials released the bracket and dates for the eight-man tournament, which will kick off Friday at ONE: Hero’s Ascent in Manila, Philippines.

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In the opening quarterfinal bout, which will serve as the co-main event of Friday’s show, Filipino fighter Honorio Banario (14-7) takes on Hawaii’s Lowen Tynanes (9-0) for the right to face the winner of the Eddie Alvarez (29-6) vs. Timofey Nastyukhin (12-4) matchup in the next round.

Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator champion, will make his ONE debut against Russia’s Nastyukhin at the March 31 show in Tokyo.

The other half of the quarter-finals will be determined at ONE: Call to Greatness on Feb. 22 in Singapore, where Singapore’s own Amir Khan (11-4) fights Canada’s Ariel Sexton (12-4), and Malaysia’s Ev Ting (16-5) fights Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (6-1), who fights out of Turkey.

Locations and dates for the semifinal bouts are still to be determined.