REPORTS ON THE EX-BELLATOR CHAMP

May 22, 2014

Being articles on the visit of Olympian and new One FC weltwerwright Ben Askren in Manila. 

 

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Welterweight Ben Askren is the former Bellator FC kingpin who recently signed to Asian MMA promotion One FC.

With choirboy good looks and a frame carved by pinning people to the mat, he’s become a fast fan favorite despite being outspoken and frank–perhaps his vocal nature, some surmise, was the reason it didn’t work out between him and the UFC since he was released from his Bellator contract.

The UFC’s loss is One FC’s gain, and though the superfight that critics have hankered for between Askren and former welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre is absent on the horizon, big things are in store for Askren’s futre inside the Asian MMA circuit.

Askren is set to fight Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC’s “Honor and Glory” on May 30, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Askren’s opponent is no slouch but a formidable talent at middleweight. He’s been flying high on a remarkable nine-fight win streak, with a good mix of wins via submission and TKO by strikes. He hopes to improve his 11-2 record by dropping down to welterweight and giving Askren a bloody time with his One FC debut.

Askren was recently in Manila to promote his upcoming fight, putting on a superb display of striking and the formidable wrestling that forms the base of his MMA skill set. For fans in Asia who like the finer, technical points of MMA, we broke down the ways in which this former Olympian has remained undefeated thus far.

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Ben Askren talks wrestling, MMA in Asia, and ONE FC

 

May 13, 2014 11:59am
The air is sultry and oppressive inside the Ultimate Fitness Gym at Metrowalk in Ortigas.A short distance away, celebrities like Luis Manzano and Kapuso star Sarah Lahbati train for both general fitness and amateur mixed-martial arts (MMA), but all eyes are on the ring as Ben Askren, considered one of the best welterweights on the planet, puts on a dazzling display of wrestling and striking skills for the media in attendance, Monday.

Askren is set to fight Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC: Honor and Glory, on May 30 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. A formidable talent at middleweight, Abbasov is flying high on a remarkable nine-fight win streak, with a good mix of submissions and TKOs by strikes. He hopes to improve his 11-2 record by dropping down to welterweight and giving Askren a bloody time with his Asian debut.

Askren is a four-time NCAA Division One All-American wrestler and a highly decorated 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestyle team member. The former Bellator FC tourney champ also possesses a spotless pro-MMA record of 12-0, which has prompted analysts to lean the odds in his favor against former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-.Pierre, betting on his grinding style and top-notch wrestling pedigree if such a superfight ever came to pass.

However, St. Pierre has since vacated his crown and Askren, since released from his Bellator contract, has already jumped ship to Asian promotion One Fighting Championship.

“One FC made me a great offer,” explained the 29-year-old grappler. “And I think it’s a huge up and coming organization. I’m glad to be part of the largest MMA show in Asia.”

READ MORE HERE.

 

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