“Finally, ONE Championship is back home in Singapore with another exciting night of world-class MMA. Aside from the highly anticipated rematch between Ben Askren and Luis Santos, we have also prepared a few surprises for fight fans in the Lion City. Get ready for another amazing night of fights as ONE Championship broadcasts ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS live to fans all across the globe!” – ONE Championship President Victor Cui
Askren-Santos ready to finish what started in Manila
After controversy marred their first bout here in Manila, ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren has been booked in a rematch against #1 Contender Luis Santos.
A former NCAA Division I All-American, Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just a few fights, Askren was able to seize the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. The highly-skilled Askren is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound. His next challenge is a tough one, as he once again meets Luis Santos.
Luis “Sapo” Santos is a mixed martial arts veteran from Brazil with over 70 professional fights on his record and over half of his wins ending by knockout. With a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant for spectacular finishes, Santos made his successful ONE debut with an emphatic knockout of Bakhtiyar Abbasov. Known for his aggressiveness and brute strength, Santos looks to wreak havoc inside the ONE Cage.
Hopefully, this night in Singapore will bring a decisive decision for the budding rivalry.
Jimmy Yabo looks to bounce back against Amir Khan
Jimmy Yabo of Sel-Def MMA is a solid featherweight contender with a 4-1 record. After going unbeaten in the URCC, he suffered his first career loss at ONE Valor of Champions against Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly. All four of his victories have come by knockout and he looks to continue the trend when he arrives in Singapore to face young prospect, Amir Khan.
Amir Khan is a promising young talent in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division. His battle with Shannon Wiratchai last May was epic and memorable, as he showcased his unfailing heart and tenacity. More importantly, the adversity has given Khan the much needed experience required to hit second gear in a career that is ready to skyrocket. Khan returns to face Jimmy Yabo next.
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