Ben Askren Headlines One Fighting Championship: Honor and Glory


Ben Askren

Ben Askren

ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization with a 90% market share, impressed the sold-out crowd in attendance at the iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium with another night of world-class mixed martial arts action.

In the main event of the evening, Ben Askren proved once again why he is considered the best welterweight in the world by submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov and extending his undefeated professional mixed martial arts record to 13 wins.

Early on during his open workout at Ultimate Fitness Gym in Manila, Askren talked about his fighting style, “I’m going to do what I have to do. I am Ben Askren, and that’s how I fight and will always going to fight. It’s a level of perspective. I’m going to do what I need to do.”

The name Ben Askren apparently comes a long with facing the pressure. “I love it! You got to embrace the pressure. I have the pressure for a reason. I’m undefeated and I know there’s a target on my back and I want everybody to give me their best fight. I don’t want easy fights,” he further added.

Having had the chance to workout in the Phlippines, Askren is also looking forward to an opportunity to teach wrestling to aspring Filipino MMA fighters. “I will love to get that opportunity. The Philippines have produced so many great fighters and if I get that chance, I will definitely do it!”

Ben Askren made a successful ONE FC debut by overcoming Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov. The Azerbaijani began the bout impressively by taking Askren down, but Askren’s wrestling pedigree shone through. He reversed the position from the bottom and dominated the rest of the round by holding a hapless Abbasov down, and finished the bout with an arm-triangle submission. In his post-fight victory, Askren called out current ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to defend his belt in their next scheduled bout.

Caros Fodor proved once again why he is considered one of the best lightweights in ONE FC by finishing Willy Ni of the Netherlands. Ni dived on a guillotine choke attempt almost immediately from the opening bell, but Fodor survived the early scare and began to rain down shots from inside Ni’s guard. Fodor moved to side control and finished the bout with a kimura that forced Ni to tap out.

Major Overall surprised the crowd by knocking out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the previously undefeated Bruno Pucci. Pucci’s grappling prowess was on display early as he had Overall in danger with both a body triangle and a mounted position, but Overall managed to escape. The American then landed a left hook that dropped Pucci and followed it up with a kick to the head that finished the fight.

Radeem Rahman kicked off the main card by becoming the only Singaporean to notch two wins in the ONE FC cage. His opponent, Malaysia’s Raymond Tan, won the early striking exchanges, knocking Rahman down twice in the first round. Rahman resiliently fought back, taking Tan down early in the second round. Rahman never gave the Malaysian an opportunity to get back to his feet, and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes from mount. Referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout as the Singapore crowd erupted in cheers.

Casey Suire kicked off ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY with an impressive display of both striking and grappling. The American knocked Langdown down with a crisp left hook. He then pounced on top of Langdown, and patiently advanced his position. He eventually succeeded in securing the Singaporean’s back and finished the fight with a rear naked choke less than four minutes into the first round.


Official results for ONE FC: HONOR & GLORY

  • Welterweight bout: Ben Askren defeats Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 4:21 minutes of round 1
  • Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Eddie Ng by Knockout at 3:16 minutes of round 1
  • Lightweight bout: Caros Fodor defeats Willy Ni by Submission (Kimura) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
  • Featherweight bout: Major Overall defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout at 2:52 minutes of round 1
  • Heavyweight bout: Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest 
  • Bantamweight bout: Radeem Rahman defeats Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14minutes of round 2
  • Catchweight bout: Nik Harris defeats Brad Robinson by Split Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  • Bantamweight bout: Casey Suire defeats Stephen Langdown by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41 minutes of round 1

In case you missed the action log on to http://www.onefc.livesport.tv for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit http://www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

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