ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit

One of the best fight nights happened in Singapore last November 24, 2017. It saw Ben Askren leaving the Mixed Martial Arts world UNDEFEATED with a record of 18-0. Ben Askren really left the ONE Championship world truly an immortal.

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Fighting in a full house inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Amir Khan, May Ooi, and Tiffany Teo all took home the win much to the delight of their countrymen.

In the main event of ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT,  ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren of the United States left an indelible mark in what was billed as the last bout of his illustrious martial arts career, defeating Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki by way of first-round technical knockout. It only took Askren 57 seconds to retain the most prestigious award in ONE Championship’s welterweight division. Askren effortlessly secured the stoppage after Aoki pulled his American counterpart into his patented guard, giving the champion an opening to unleash heavy blows with ease. As Aoki started to cover up to defend himself, Askren relentlessly poured down a barrage of solid punches that left the referee with no other choice but to call a halt to the championship clash.

Ben Askren, ONE Welterweight World Champion, stated: “I think this is it. If I get the opportunity to prove I’m number one, then I’ll take the opportunity. I don’t need any more money. I just want to show the fans that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out.”

In the co-main event of the evening, Evolve lightweight standout Amir Khan of Singapore figured in his most impressive performance yet, overwhelming lightweight veteran Adrian “The Hunter” Pang with a showcase of impeccable striking and great takedown defense. The 22-year-old Khan consistently kept Pang out of range with his combinations from the outside, while circling away from Pang’s most powerful blows. In the end, all three judges scored in favor of Khan who wins by unanimous decision after three rounds.

Truly, this was a fight to remember. Immortal Pursuit lived up to its name and ONE Championship continues to prove that it has the best MMA fighters all over Asia.

Kathy Kenny


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