Ben Askren retirement match, Lee-Yamaguchi rematch booked for Singapore
ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren and ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee will be defending their titles in Singapore this November. (Photos courtesy of ONE Championship)
Reigning ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren has the opportunity to retire from mixed martial arts with an unblemished record this November.
That is, if he gets past his final test of course.
After dominating challenger Zebastian Kadestam in Shanghai just last weekend, ONE Championship's welterweight king has been booked for his next - and final - match when he takes on former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in Singapore this coming November 24th.
According to a post on Facebook by ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong, Askren will be stepping into the cage for one last time against Aoki, who will be moving up in weight.
Sityodtong also revealed that Askren will be assuming an executive role with ONE Championship after his retirment from competition.
Askren is 17-0 in his mixed martial arts career with one No Contest, while Aoki will be making his return to MMA after losing his ONE title to Eduard Folayang back in November of 2016.
Aside from this matchup between elite grapplers, Sityodtong also announced that reigning ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee will be putting her title on the line as well, in a rematch against the only woman to push her to the limit, Mei Yamaguchi.
Lee and Yamaguchi first crossed paths back in May of 2016, for the inaugural ONE Championship atomweight title, and after a back-and forth affair, it was the latter who walked away with the championship.
Since then, Lee has defended her championship twice, with impressive stoppage wins over Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes.
Yamaguchi on the other hand, is coming off a second-round submission win over Huang back in June.
The Lee-Yamaguchi rematch will serve as the main event for the said ONE card entitled 'Immortal Pursuit'.