BEN “Funky” Askren, the undefeated ONE Welterweight World Champion expects a quick victory when he defends his crown against unbeaten Malaysian challenger Agilan “The Alligator” Thani in the co-main event of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
While Thani is excited for the opportunity, the champ expects that joyous feeling to fade for the Malaysian once the cage door closes.
Tyron Woodley won convincingly at UFC 214, but did he really employ an optimal strategy?
For many fans, Tyron Woodley’s dominant welterweight title defense against Demian Maia represented a black mark on an otherwise stellar UFC 214 main card. The encounter was largely spent with both men circling each other, in a fight that resulted in the least strikes ever landed in a 25-minute UFC welterweight title fight. The previous record was established just four months prior, during Woodley’s anticlimactic rematch with Stephen Thompson.
Yangon, Myanmar--Reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” will defend his title against Mohammad Karaki in the main event of ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS, set for Oct. 26, at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
02 October 2017 – Yangon, Myanmar: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the complete bout card for ONE: HERO’S DREAM, set for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on 3 November. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar will take on Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Hong Kong in an open weight contest. The ONE Middleweight World Championship will not be on the line.
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Yangon, Myanmar: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium with another blockbuster evening of authentic martial arts. ONE: HERO’S DREAM showcased the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent competing inside the ONE Championship cage. In the main event, reigning ONE Middleweight World Champion and Myanmar’s favorite son, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang defeated Alain “The Panther” Ngalani to emerge victorious in the evening’s Open Weight Super-Bout.
Hollywood actor Chris Pratt, who has a background in wrestling, was blown away by Michael Page’s performance at Bellator 200.
Former UFC champ B.J. Penn isn’t thinking much about a return to MMA right now, but it could happen down the road.
B.J. Penn isn’t committing to an MMA return — but on the other hand, he’s not officially retired, either.
Baguio City, Philippines: The city government of Baguio organized a vibrant parade for the 109th annual Baguio City Day last Saturday, 1 September, to celebrate the town’s feat as the first Philippine city to make it to the prestigious global creative circle and highlight Baguio City's outstanding personalities, including the members of the legendary martial arts group Team Lakay.
Highly-decorated Muay Thai practitioner “The Funky Drummer” Fabrice Fairtex Delannon is regarded as one of the best to come out of France.
The 36-year old French-Guianese striker has won world championships in two weight divisions, as well as a former Gold and Silver Belt titleholder and a three-time MAX Muay Thai World Champion.
With a 55-10 professional record to go with all those accolades, it is safe to say that Delannon is a master in his chosen craft.
Here are the Bellator 183 results and highlights from Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala and Lorenz Larkin vs. Paul Daley.
The Bellator 183 main card saw Paul Daley pull out his signature left hook to blow the doors off of Lorenz Larkin in the second round of their welterweight meeting. Roy Nelson made his promotional debut by earning a unanimous decision over up and comer Javy Ayala. Click HERE for the results and highlights from earlier in the night.
Ben Askren has been using social media to challenge many UFC stars, but he’s not calling out the one with the most money.
Ben Askren is suddenly on the lips of many UFC fighters. The former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight titleholder seemed to be retired, but a very unique “trade” with ONE will apparently see him being able to sign with the UFC in exchange for Demetrious Johnson. And a lot of people will be gunning for the Funky one.
ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren will be fighting his last fight against Shinya Aoki this November.
After eight years as a professional mixed martial artist, undefeated ONE Championship welterweight titleholder Ben Askren will be hanging up his gloves for good to assume a new role with the company. For the former Bellator MMA champion’s retirement fight, he is slated to face grappling whiz Shinya Aoki.
Now that he has signed with the UFC, a lot of opportunities have opened up for undefeated welterweight Ben Askren. The “Funky” one had already put every 170-pounder on notice, but refused to call out the one who could potentially earn him a massive paycheck, Conor McGregor.
02 September 2017 – Shanghai, China: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), sent shockwaves throughout the crowd at the 15,000-seater Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China with an exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI showcased a series of compelling bouts, punctuated by a thrilling headliner that left fans on the edge of their seats. In the main event, Ben “Funky” Askren of the United States retained the ONE Welterweight World Championship, defeating Zebaztian "The Bandit" Kadestam of Sweden.
07 April 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced a blockbuster co-main event bout at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren will return to the ONE Championship cage to defend his title against rising young Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani. ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set for 26 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and will also feature ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee taking on challenger Istela Nunes of Brazil in the main event.
It looks like Ben Askren will make his UFC debut against a former welterweight champion.
Flyweight Ben Nguyen just picked up a stunning submission win over Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ben Nguyen was supposed to fight Joseph Benavidez at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt in Auckland, New Zealand, but Benavidez withdrew due to injury and was replaced by Tim Elliott, who is only a few months removed from a spirited performance against champion Demetrious Johnson. While Benavidez is higher ranked than Elliott, Nguyen still had a big opportunity to get a win over a top-10 ranked opponent, and did he ever make a statement.
It looks like we’re down a fight for UFC 227 due the commission pulling Bethe Correia.
The UFC has now also confirmed that the bout will not be taking place.
Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Jakarta Convention Center for another evening of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER set the tone for what will be an amazing 2017 for ONE Championship with a series of compelling bouts featuring the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his title, defeating top contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang by unanimous decision after five rounds.
Michael Bisping isn’t setting his retirement in stone, but he does have a plan for it going forward.
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping isn’t a young man. At 38, with 11 years and 27 fights in the UFC under his belt, it’s natural that he would be looking down the road at hanging up the gloves. And on a recent edition of his podcast Believe You Me, he discussed his current plan for that.
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