Richard Corminal happy to be fighting on the same card as 'idol' Ben Askren
Santino Honasan on Nov 23, 2017 07:02 PM
"Magaling yung wrestling niya talaga, yun yung pinaka-[gusto] ko talaga, yung wrestling niya. Ang galing niya mag-control ng tao sa ground." - Richard Corminal on Ben Askren
Not everyone can say that they've gotten the chance to meet their idols.
Even less can say that they'll be fighting on the same card as their idols.
On Friday night at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Corminal can say that he's part of the latter, as he'll be fighting on the same fight card as his idol and main eventer Ben 'Funky' Askren.
"Malaking pagkakataon ‘to para makapag-selfie selfie." Corminal said with a laugh.
(This is the perfect chance to get a selfie.)
Askren, who'll be coming out for his retirement bout, will be main eventing Friday's fight night in Singapore, putting his ONE welterweight world championship on the line against MMA legend Shinya Aoki.
Corminal meanwhile, will be fighting in the undercards, taking on returning Arnaud Lepont.
According to the The Malaysia-based Pinoy, he idolized Askren because of the unbeaten American's grappling prowess.
"Magaling yung wrestling niya talaga, yun yung pinaka-[gusto] ko talaga, yung wrestling niya. Ang galing niya mag-control ng tao sa ground."
(His wreslting's really good, that's what I really like about him, his wrestling. He's so good with controlling people on the ground.)
And when asked if he's gotten to talk to Askren during fight week, Corminal says that he hasn't had the chance to do so.
"Hindi pa naman, kasi laging salisi kami sa hotel."
(Not yet, we always just pass each other at the hotel)
Hopefully, Corminal gets a chance to finally meet and talk to Askren after the fights.
Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.
Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!