ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ SIGNS UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT KING BEN ASKREN
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™, Asia’s
largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share,
has capped off the year with a series of high-profile signings,
highlighted by the acquisition of undefeated Welterweight kingpin
Askren. He joins a list of top mixed martial artists like
Sarmiento and Aung La
Nsang, to recently agree to exclusive contracts.
Askren is a legend in collegiate wrestling with four
All-American awards. He finished his wrestling career at the
University of Missouri with a record of 153-8. 91 of those
victories came by way of pins, which are third most in NCAA
Division I history. He also wrestled in the US Olympics team in
2008 before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Since his debut in
2009, he has won twelve bouts in a row in dominating fashion,
winning multiple championships and earning a spot as one of the
best Welterweights in the world.
A veteran of the MMA scene in South Korea, Dae Hwan
Kim will compete on Asia's largest stage for the first time.
The 26 year-old is still undefeated in his mixed martial arts
career with eight wins on his record. Kim has fluid boxing and an
aggressive fighting style that has served him well. Kim is looking
to make waves in ONE FC and with the Bantamweight division arguably
the most loaded with talent; it will be interesting to see how Kim
compares to fellow contenders Kevin
Belingon, Soo Chul
Kim and Maskatsu Ueda. He made a successful ONE FC debut,
submitting Australian submission grappler Thanh Vu in an
exciting contest that displayed Kim’s exciting fighting style.
La Nsang is a Middleweight veteran of Burmese ancestry. Aung is
nicknamed "The Burmese Python" for his submission abilities and he
has recorded nine submission victories in his career so far. Aung
is from the ethic group known as Kachin, and was born in Myitkyina,
Myanmar (Burma). He sought refuge in the United States during
infighting in the state and began training in MMA while in college.
Since then, he has fought in over 20 professional mixed martial
arts bouts and spends his free time volunteering in Kachin relief
efforts. Aung has stated he hopes to be able to return to Myitkyina
and open a gym. He will look to constrict his opponent and continue
his string of submission wins in the Middleweight division when he
makes his debut in ONE FC.
Lokteff is the top Heavyweight to emerge Australia. He made a
convincing statement in his ONE FC debut by defeating top American
Johnson In resounding fashion. He stuffed the takedown attempts
Johnson and managed to land an array of devastating kicks and
punches that Johnson had no answer for. With the victory, Lokteff
extends his record to 11-1, making him one of the top Heavyweight
prospects in the world.
Sarmiento is a Lightweight veteran of more than sixty fights.
He has competed in top promotions like Strikeforce as well as in
smaller promotions in Asia. His Hawaiian warrior spirit shines
through in his exciting bouts he puts on everytime he steps in the
cage. He now gets a chance to test himself in the big leagues
against the best Lightweights in Asia such as Eddie Ng,
Aoki and Vuyisile
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About ONE Fighting Championship™ With a 90%+ market share in Asia,
ONE Fighting Championship is Asia's largest Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) organization. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most
exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the best Asian mixed
martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive
contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting
Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an
unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that
spans 70+ countries across the world.
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