Ben Askren to defend ONE welterweight world championship against Shinya Aoki in final professional bout

Ben Askren

Ben Askren

Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon

Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon

17 November 2017 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the full card for “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” set for Nov. 24, Friday, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Fans will be treated to another exciting evening of authentic martial arts action, as the best martial artists in the world take to the ONE Championship cage.

In the main event, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 33, of the United States will defend his title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 34. It is Askren’s final bout as a professional before he retires from professional competition, and takes an executive position with ONE Championship.

A former NCAA Division I All-American and U.S. Olympian, Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest martial artists in the world today. He joined ONE Championship in 2014, taking the promotion by storm and capturing the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki.

Since then, Askren has successfully defended the title on multiple occasions and has stopped six of his last seven opponents to maintain a perfect 17-0 professional record. In what is being billed as the last bout of his illustrious professional career, the American is set to defend his title against a legendary opponent from Shizuoka, Japan.

A global martial arts veteran, Aoki is one of the world’s most decorated athletes. He is the DREAM Lightweight Champion, former Shooto Welterweight Champion, and the former ONE Lightweight World Champion. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the famed Yuki Nakai has won multiple grappling tournaments all over the world.

Aoki also holds a black belt in judo and is widely considered one of the best pure grapplers in professional martial arts competition today. In his next bout, he makes his ONE Championship welterweight debut, taking on the reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion for the title.

Ticket information for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT is available at

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.