ONE FC returns to Manila on April 24 with a card that will be headlined by one of the promotion’s biggest stars, as Ben Askren makes the first defense of his welterweight title against experienced Brazilian Luis Santos.
The as yet untitled event is taking place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena and will see Askren (14-0) looking to extend his undefeated streak against one of the deadliest strikers in the division.
Santos (61-9-1) holds a black belt in BJJ, but is renowned for his striking prowess. He has a number of spectacular knockout wins to his name, most notably from an XFC International event last year when he knocked out an opponent with a front kick to the face.
Santos is coming off a first-round win over Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC: Battle of Lions with a brutal knee to the stomach doing the damage. He secured an immediate shot at the 170-pound belt.
After also finishing Abbasov in the opening round on his promotional debut, Askren went on to win the welterweight title by stopping inaugural champion Nobutatsu Suzuki in under 90 seconds at ONE FC: Reign of Champions.
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