ONE FC 16 Results: Ben Askren Scores Dominant Win in Promotional Debut

May 30, 2014
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Ben Askren - ONE FC 16No top MMA fighter has ever retired undefeated, but Ben Askren could be on track to become the first after extending his perfect professional record to 13-0 with a first-round submission win over Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC: Honor & Glory on Friday.

The main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium got off to a surprising start when Abbasov executed a double-leg takedown that put Askren on his back, but from that point onwards the former Bellator 170-pound champion dominated.

He controlled Abbasov with ease and softened him up with non-stop ground and pound before sinking in an arm triangle choke that forced the Azerbaijani to tap. The win was Askren’s first since signing with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion. Next up is likely to be a shot at reigning welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki.

While Askren was expected to overcome Abbasov, there was absolutely nothing predictable about the co-main event as Vincent Latoel scored a surprise stoppage win over rising ONE FC lightweight star Eddie Ng.

The Dutch fighter tagged the local favorite with a right hand and referee Yuji Shimada dived in to save him from taking further punishment. Ng was fighting with a broken right wrist, but made no excuses after suffering his first defeat under the ONE FC banner.

Jadamba Narantungalag looks set to be an immediate contender for the ONE FC featherweight title after putting on a virtuoso performance to claim a clear-cut unanimous decision over former champion Honorio Banario.

The Filipino showed much improved striking, but Jadamba took control in the final round, stuffing multiple takedown attempts and showing off his full arsenal of spinning strikes to leave the judges with an easy decision.

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for returning Singaporean Radeem Rahman, who hasn’t fought since ONE FC’s inaugural show and struggled severely in the opening round as the tall and rangy Malaysian Raymond Tan picked him apart.

Tan seemed to be firmly in control, but in the second round the Singaporean mounted a dramatic comeback, taking the Malaysian down and finishing him with a barrage of ground and pound, much to the delight of the crowd.

ONE FC: Honor & Glory Results

Ben Askren def. Bakhtiyar Abbasov by Sub (Arm Triangle) at 4:21, R1
Vincent Latoel def. Eddie Ng by KO at 3:16, R1
Caros Fodor def. Willy Ni by Sub (Kimura) at 3:29, R1
Major Overall def. Bruno Pucci by KO at 2:52, R1
Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani declared No Contest
Radeem Rahman def. Raymond Tan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:14, R2
Nik Harris def. Brad Robinson by Split Dec, R3
Casey Suire def. Stephen Langdown by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:41, R1

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Lol, you have to beat a top fighter to be considered a top fighter. Hopefully he gets picked up by the UFC and gets tested finally.

    • MMAFAN

      I’d have to agree with ya. There may be 1 or 2 guys he might beat in the UFC top 10 and even then i think he’d drag out dec wins. Still i would’ve like to see the UFC sign him, it could bring the best out in him.

      • Joe

        I have to agree with both of you, love to see him in with Rory

    • NOT_racist_if_true

      diego lima is a top fighter and askren made him his bitch

      • Maddawgmar

        Ben Askren never fought Dhiego Lima, he fought Douglas Lima. And Douglas Lima is a nobody, who has he beat? He beat Ben Saunders, Rick Hawn??? Big whoop. Lima is not even a top 20 fighter.

    • Maddawgmar

      All it’ll take is some fighter with near the same level wrestling to stop his takedown, or some fighter with quick feet to cut angles so Askren can’t get ahold of him.

  • onepunch

    He is clearly a top grappler. Now that i’ve seen him in action, i can see y the One FC rule set favors him. Once he gets them down, he can use all his arsenals including knees to the head. It’s very difficult against him for anyone in his weight class. He’s a handful to anyone so to speak. The way to beat him is by tricking him but thats easy said than done. He is now experienced enough. He doesnt need to change his style, y the hell for when u r winning. Anyway, at least he transitions from a to b in quick succession n make it extremely hard for anyone to escape his grasp. Whilst there he utilizes the punches n knees etc, previously just punches. Once his contract is up, his profile and image would be high and it’s up to him not anyone else to choose his destination becos by then his stakes would have risen.

    • George Sperry

      Please use whole words when you post. It’s too hard to understand what your shorthand is trying to say.

  • El Gvapo

    Major Overall? Best name in mma right there.