BEN ASKREN TO FACE LUIS SANTOS IN MAIN EVENT
12 October 2015 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), makes its return to Singapore in spectacular fashion with another blockbuster card, stacked with world-class mixed martial arts action. ONE Championship, together with partners, G-Shock, Alienware, LG, Berocca, Everlast, Canon, NagaWorld and 2XU proudly brings to fight fans all across the globe, ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS which will take place on 13 November at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The card will feature the highly-anticipated battle between ONE Welterweight World Champion, Ben Askren, and the challenger, Luis Santos. Along with this exciting main event comes a series of compelling new bouts.
CEO of ONE Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “Finally, ONE Championship is back home in Singapore with another exciting night of world-class MMA. Aside from the highly anticipated rematch between Ben Askren and Luis Santos, we have also prepared a few surprises for fight fans in the Lion City. Get ready for another amazing night of fights as ONE Championship broadcasts ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS live to fans all across the globe!”
Tickets for ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS are available at S$749 for Cat 1, S$158 for Cat 2, S$58 for Cat 3, S$38 for Cat 4 and S$38 for Cat 5. Log on here for more information.
Former NCAA Division I All-American, Ben Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just a few fights in ONE, Askren was able to seize the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. The highly-skilled Askren is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound. His next challenge is a tough one, as he once again meets Luis Santos.
Luis “Sapo” Santos is a mixed martial arts veteran from Brazil with over 70 professional fights on his record and over half of his wins ending by knockout. With a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant for spectacular finishes, Santos made his successful ONE debut with an emphatic knockout of Bakhtiyar Abbasov. Known for his aggressiveness and brute strength, Santos looks to wreak havoc inside the ONE Cage.
Singapore-based American fighter Major Overall is looking to impress crowds with his exciting, all-action style inside the ONE Cage. Overall has a highlight reel of stoppages in nearly all his victories as a mixed martial artist and has built a reputation as one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. He is now ready for his next challenge, against another explosive fighter in Kotetsu Boku.
Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, although originally from South Korea, is a Japanese MMA legend and is the former ONE Lightweight World Champion. With more than 30 professional fights on his resume, Boku has the experience of a seasoned veteran and has seen it all inside the cage. He gets to showcase his dynamite fists once again inside the ONE Cage as he takes on Major Overall.
Angela “Unstoppable” Lee is originally from Singapore but has lived and trained mixed martial arts in Waipahu, Hawaii. She is one of the most promising young fighters on ONE Championship’s growing roster and has impressed inside the ONE cage with her all-around striking and grappling skills. Lee, who is a member of the EVOLVE fight team, just wrapped up another impressive performance in Jakarta and is looking at a quick turnaround as she faces Natalie Gonzales Hills.
Natalie Gonzales Hills of Australia is a worthy female strawweight contender with a solid record. Her two wins inside the cage have both come by submission, with her ground game proving to be an asset. Aside from grappling, Hills also boasts very capable striking technique as she joins ONE Championship’s growing female roster. Hills is tasked to give Angela Lee another stern test in her ONE Championship debut.
Amir Khan is a promising young talent in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division. His battle with Shannon Wiratchai last May was epic and memorable, as he showcased his unfailing heart and tenacity. More importantly, the adversity has given Khan the much needed experience required to hit second gear in a career that is ready to skyrocket. Khan returns to face Jimmy Yabo next.
Jimmy Yabo of the Philippines is a solid featherweight contender with a 4-1 record. All four of his victories have come by knockout and he looks to continue the trend when he arrives in Singapore to face young prospect, Amir Khan.
The latest ONE Championship 34 card:
- Champ Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos – for welterweight title
- Kotetsu Boku vs. Major Overall
- Natalie Gonzales Hills vs. Angela Lee
- Amir Khan vs. Jimmy Yabo
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