Former Bellator champion Ben Askren will make his official debut for Asian promotion One FC on May 30, where he is set to fight for the promotions welterweight title.
"Funky" will face off against the winner of Brock Larson vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki, who will fight for the inaugural welterweight title on March 14 in the main event of One FC: War of Nations. The event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Askren will face off against the winner in May, assuming neither Larson nor Suzuki pick up an injury.
The undefeated All-American hasn't commented on the fight yet but earlier this week in an interview with Yahoo, Askren said he's the best welterweight in the world and will keep on winning.
“I’m the best damn welterweight in the world, and that’s a fact the fans are going to have to deal with.” Askren said. “I’m going to keep winning every fight that is put in front of me, and as a fighter, that’s all you can do.”
When he does make his debut in May, Askren will face a stiff test in taking on either Larson or Suzuki. The 36-year old Larson is currently on a four-fight win streak, in his last fight he picked up a unanimous decision win over Melvin Manhoef at middleweight.
Suzuki last fought back in May, where he picked up his tenth win coming by way of KO or TKO over MMA vet Phill Baroni. Overall, Suzuki is 7-1 in his last eight fights.
The venue for Askren's One FC debut hasn't yet officially been announced but it is expected to take place in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, in Singapore.
Askren hasn't competed since July last year, where he defended his Bellator title against Andrey Koreshkov via TKO in round 4. If he wins in his first fight for the Asian promotion, Askren is expected to bank a healthy $100,000. Not a bad deal for his first fight in the promotion.
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