ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren has done it again. Askren defeated Shinya Aoki in what is to be his final professional mixed martial arts bout. The undefeated Askren (18-0-1) finished the former lightweight champion in under one minute at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Having never signed with the UFC and being at odds with the organization’s president, Dana White, Askren never had the opportunity to test his skills against top welterweights, leading him towards retirement.
“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.”
ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit results below:
Main Card (4:30 a.m. PT/7:30 a.m. ET)
Ben Askren defeated Shinya Aoki via TKO (R1, 0:57)
Amir Khan defeated Adrian Pang via unanimous decision
Leandro Issa defeated Dae Hwan Kim via unanimous decision
May Ooi defeated Vy Srey Khouch via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 3:58)
Ahmed Mujtaba defeated Li Kai Wen via first-round disqualification (illegal strikes)
Tiffany Teo defeated Puja Tomar via submission (armbar) (R1, 4:07)
Mei Yamaguchi defeated Gina Iniong via unanimous decision
Preliminary Card (3:00 a.m. PT/6:00 a.m. ET)
Arnaud Lepont defeated Richard Corminal via submission (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 3:16)
Muhammad Aiman defeated Yang Fei via unanimous decision
Miao Li Tao defeated Sim Bunsrun via TKO (R1, 1:49)