ONE Championship: Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki battle for welterweight strap in Singapore

Santino Honasan on Nov 24, 2017 03:50 AM
ONE: Askren, Aoki battle for welterweight strap in Singapore
MMA superstars Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki fight for the ONE welterweight world championship in Singapore.

Two MMA superstars go head to head, while a Filipina warrior looks to take another step towards world championship gold when the ONE Championship cage returns to Singapore for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Headlining the card will be a legend versus legend superfight for the ONE welterweight world championship as reigning and defending champion Ben 'Funky' Askren steps into the cage one last time and puts his title on the line against former ONE lightweight world champion and global MMA legend Shinya Aoki. 

In what will be his retirement bout, Askren goes back to where his reign of dominance in the ONE welterweight began, and hopes to leave the cage the same way he came in: as ONE welterweight world champion. 

A decorated collegiate and amateur wrestler with a spotless 17-0 (1) MMA record, Askren believes that he's been the best welterweight in the world, and on Friday night, he looks to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot in the ONE cage. 

Standing across the cage from Askren on fight night will be another icon in former titleholder Aoki. 

One of the most feared grapplers in the mixed-martial arts world, Aoki left his mark in Asian promotions such as Pride, Shooto, Dream, until eventually taking his dominance to ONE Championship, where he held the ONE lightweight title for over two years. 

Now, Aoki finds himself on the verge of ONE history as he tries to become just the second man to hold two championships win two weight divisions.

In a featured women's atomweight matchup, Team Lakay's Gina 'Conviction' Iniong steps up on two weeks' notice to take on top contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a match that has serious title implications. 

When reigning ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee withdrew from her title defense against Yamaguchi after getting concussed in a car accident, Iniong was offered to take her place on short notice. 

Fresh off her demolition of Priscila Lumban Gaol in Manila, Iniong accepted, and now could be just a win away from challenging for the world championship. 

A rematch of their 2014 bout that saw the Team Lakay standout victorious via split decision, Iniong will look to repeat history, while Yamaguchi will try to strengthen her claim as the number one contender.

Also on the card, former waiter-turned-full time mixed martial artist Richard Corminal tries to get his first win under the ONE Championship banner as he welcomes French veteran Arnaud 'The Game' Lepont back from a two-year hiatus. 

 

FIGHT CARD

Ben Askren vs. Shinya Aoki (ONE welterweight world championship)

Amir Khan vs. Adrian Pang

Leandro Issa vs. Dae Hwan Kim

May Ooi vs. Vy Srey Kouch

Li Kai Wen vs. Ahmed Mujtaba

Tiffany Teo vs. Puja Tomar

Gina Iniong vs. Mei Yamaguchi

Richard Corminal vs. Arnaud Lepont

Yang Fei vs. Muhammad Aiman

Miao Li Tao vs. Sim Bunsrun

 

ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit comes to you live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, November 24th. 

Catch all the exciting MMA action on S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM!

 

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