ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation, has capped off the year with a series of high-profile signings, highlighted by the acquisition of undefeated welterweight kingpin Ben Askren of the US.
He joins a list of top cage fighters such as South Korean Dae Hwan Kim, Australian Chris Lokteff and Americans Harris Sarmiento and Aung La Nsang, to recently agree to exclusive contracts.
Askren is a legend in collegiate wrestling, having been named All-American four times.
He also wrestled in the US Olym-pics team in 2008 before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Since his debut in 2009, he has won 12 bouts in a row in dominating fashion, winning multiple championships and earning a reputation as one of the world’s best in the division.