Ben Askren Plans to Roll at ONE FC: Honor & Glory, Then Take Aim at Welterweight Title

May 28, 2014
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Ben Askren2013 was probably the most eventful year in MMA for former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.

After making his fifth successful Bellator 170-pound title defense, defeating Andrey Koreshkov in July, Askren became a free agent, and then became involved in one of the sport’s most publicized contract disputes.

After a few months, Askren signed with ONE FC and, after a recent whirlwind publicity tour, is finally ready to make his return to fighting on May 30 in Kallang, Singapore.

“It feels great,” said Askren about returning to fighting. “It has been almost 10 months since my last fight and I am just ready to get back in the cage and fight.”

After spending his entire MMA career fighting in North America, to get an opportunity to showcase his skills on an international stage has Askren even more so ready to fight.

“I am very excited,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “All of the ONE FC shows I have watched have been awesome.  Lots of energy from the crowd and I know the May 30 Singapore show will be packed as well.”

Having been nearly a year since his last bout, Askren feels his game has grown and he has become an even more complete fighter than before.

“I am still getting a lot more comfortable with the stand-up,” he said. “I am more confident than I have ever been striking and that is making my takedowns even easier to get.

“Everything in my MMA game is really coming together.”

On May 30, Askren (12-0) will face Bakhtiyar Abbasov (11-2) in the main event of his ONE FC debut.

“Like I said, I am excited to fight again,” said Askren. “To win, I have to do what I always do: stalk my opponent, take them down, and beat them up.”

After having spent the last several months dealing with the business side of MMA, Askren is back to fighting and is ready to pick up where he left off last July.

“It is very important for me to keep up my winning ways,” he said. “Hopefully, once I get this first fight past me, I can step in and challenge (Nobutatsu) Suzuki for the title.

“I hope everyone tunes in to One FC on May 30, it is going to be a great show.”

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  • onepunch

    Mark the date and time of the show where u live. Cometh the hour cometh the man. Make no mistake, he will be more exciting now that Ben has to utilize a different rule set that does not favour grapplers and actually make the fight flow. Say what u like, like him or hate him, he remains a force. Gotta to give it to him to he someone who looks outside his own backyard and not be afraid to venture out. Those who seek may find, those who r afraid will remain unknown. Opportunities exist for those who brave them whether the path is favourable or not. It is this attitude that makes him shine out. Let it be known that everyone fights for money first and foremost as fighting doesn’t last long. If u can make more u grab it with open hands rather than hold back and say why i never earned as much. Competition exists at all level but if it doesnt pay dividends why not venture to another place where it does. Anyway, watch and u will see the entertainment and excitement from start to finish.

    • shakejunt

      for sure it’ll be interesting to see how ben will utilize kicks/knees to grounded opponents. people already can’t get out from under him and now he’s gonna be able to make them pay for desperation leg lock attempts and such.

      any idea what time (eastern) this starts at? probably early in the morning here, right?

  • Just-scrap-nation

    Ben should’ve went to WSOF. Idk how much money ONE FC offered him but if he wants the big bucks and quality opponents (UFC) WSOF has the opponents that could get him there. If he steamrolled Fitch, Palhares, Shields and picked up that title. He couldn’t be denied. He’s going to beat all of these fighters no one knows, win the title no one cares about and knock on Dana’s door only to be asked “who have you beaten?”. Sad but true. He should be in the UFC but it won’t be for awhile.

  • TheCerealKiller

    “Askren became a free agent, and then became involved in one of the sport’s most publicized contract disputes.”

    Mick Hammond, what are you talking about? There was no dispute from anyone, nobody wanted him! Please, elaborate on what the so called “dispute” was a bout.

  • Texas Beast

    Ben Askren plans to “LAY” at ONE FC