ONE Championship

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.

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After three years of competing on the undercard portion of his last five bouts in ONE Championship, Filipino standout Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio finds his name on the top bill of the organization’s upcoming event in Jakarta, Indonesia on 16 September.

Eustaquio is set to face former flyweight kingpin Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center.

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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.

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American stalwart Ben Askren needed less than four years to conquer ONE Championship and become the biggest star in the constantly-growing world of martial arts. 

Known by the moniker “Funky,” Askren made an impact in his first two assignments in ONE Championship, submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov with an arm-triangle choke in his May 2014 promotional debut before thwarting Nobutatsu Suzuki in the first round to claim the organization’s coveted welterweight crown three months later. 

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ONE Championship welterweight contender Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam might have been born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, but he found his second home 5,792 miles away from his birthplace.

With a professional record of nine wins and three losses, Kadestam believes that the well-established mixed martial arts scene in the Philippines played a pivotal role in his career and to where he is presently.

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ONE Championship is ensuring a festive week heading to its much-awaited inaugural card in Shanghai, China as Asia’s premier martial arts organization is bringing one of its top superstars to grace the event on 2 September.

Filipino-American sensation Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is the reigning ONE Heavyweight Word Champion, will be making a special appearance during the event week of ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI.

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While many cageside observers are counting out Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam in his ONE Welterweight World Championship clash against longtime division kingpin Ben “Funky” Askren, the Swedish standout revealed that his underdog role gives him the extra drive to have his hand raised in triumph.

Kadestam faces Askren in the main event of ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI, which takes place at the 15,000-capacity Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China on 2 September.

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Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the top of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.

The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, 18 August at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The race to dominate the lucrative martial arts scene in China has heated up after ONE Championship announced its inaugural event in Shanghai, which is set to take place at the 14,000-capacity Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on 2 September.

Described as the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China, the city will play host to ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI, featuring the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent.

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