Former Bellator champion Ben Askren made an impressive One FC debut in Singapore against Bakhtiyar Abbasov. “Funky” kept his unbeaten record intact by recording a first-round submission in their welterweight clash at One FC 16. Askren has now won 13 straight fights to begin his career and continued his dominant ways thanks to his remarkable wrestling pedigree. Abbasov saw his nine-fight win streak come to an end.
The fight actually began in shocking fashion with Abbasov scoring a takedown just seconds into the contest. However, Askren would turn the tide by gaining top control and would grind down Abbasov with relentless ground-and-pound. He delivered a steady diet of punches and knees before sinking in an arm-triangle choke to close the show at the 4:21 mark. It was Askren’s third straight finish.
Askren signed a two-year deal with the Singapore-based promotion after Bellator opted not to offer him a new contract and the UFC stated they weren’t interested in his services. Askren ran roughshod over his competition during his 9-0 stint in Bellator, including a dominant unanimous decision victory over current 170-pound champion Douglas Lima.
While his style is far from fan-friendly, there’s no question he is one of the top welterweights in the business. He’s exceptionally good at what he does. UFC President Dana White has never been a fan of Askren’s style, which played a large role as to why he wasn’t offered a contract by the sport’s no. 1 promotion.
It’s very like Askren could receive a title shot against current One FC champion Nobutatsu Suzuki in his next fight. Suzuki captured the 170-pound belt with a unanimous decision victory in March against Brock Larson.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports