MMA: Professional grapplers and community fighters assure to excite at 1: Immortal Pursuit

SINGAPORE: Even though Friday’s (Nov 24) 1: Immortal Pursuit will be shorter of crowd favorite Angela Lee – who experienced to pull out of her Atomweight title struggle with Mei Yamaguchi due to injuries from a vehicle accident previously this thirty day period – the event claims to produce the merchandise in spite of her absence.

In accordance to the organisers, the match-ups are nonetheless laden with excellent, earning for what need to be an thrilling evening for combined martial arts (MMA) enthusiasts.

“Singapore is the place in which it all began for us,” claimed 1 Championship chief govt Chatri Sityodtong at ONE’s pre-event media meeting at Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday. 

Headlining the most important event will be the showdown amongst reigning 1 Welterweight winner Ben “Funky” Askren who will protect his title towards former 1 Lightweight winner Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Widely regarded as two of the most accomplished male fighters on ONE’s roster, 33-calendar year-previous Askren is undefeated in 1 Championship just after seventeen bouts, whilst his Japanese opponent Aoki is a veteran fighter himself, getting when received the Dream Lightweight Champion, as well as getting a former Shooto Welterweight Champion.

The most important card at 1: Immortal Pursuit sees American Ben Askren (left) experience Shinya Aoki in a welterweight title bout. (Photo: 1 Championship)

Aoki’s credentials involve getting a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who has received multiple grappling tournaments all around the earth. He also holds a black belt in judo and is a formidable floor video game expert, a lot like Askren.

Askren will be fighting his last MMA bout. A former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and US Olympian, Askren joined 1 Championship in 2014, in which he later on received the 1 Welterweight Championship with a complex knockout victory around Nobutatsu Suzuki.

Because then, he has properly defended the title twice, and has stopped six of his last seven opponents to maintain a ideal seventeen- professional record.

Said the American at Wednesday’s media meeting: “Shinya is a truly good opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a truly major obstacle on the floor, which is in which I like to contend,” he claimed.

“Personally, I am energized for this bout. He is a grappler and has a great skill set that I regard, so I imagine it will be a great battle.”

Self-confident of his odds towards Askren, Aoki believes he has what it takes to just take down his American counterpart. ““(Askren) is a impressive martial artist. He is an athlete that I truly regard. He has his have aim for his career, and I have mine as well,” claimed Aoki.

“I am here to earn yet another belt in 1 Championship and redeem myself in front of the earth. I want to earn once more as I am not happy nevertheless.

“In truth, I am quite decided to earn this following bout of mine. I by no means switch down a match. I am here to experience the best,” claimed the Japanese MMA fighter.


Also raring to go on Friday is fellow most important-carder Amir Khan, who will experience Australian Adrian Pang. The Singaporean is on a five-bout winning streak, which includes one particular by submission and four by devastating knockout.

“I am a male on a mission,” claimed 23-calendar year-previous Amir, who has been instruction and coaching total-time due to the fact completing National Service. “Adrian (Pang) is one particular of the prime men in the division right now, so it’s a major examination for me.

“My recent aim is to be a winner in a major worldwide marketing like 1 Championship. What I hope to do is encourage people today to chase what they enjoy. I want my martial arts career to be proof that if you have the passion for anything, and if you’re good at it, you’ll be ready to make a residing out of it,” additional the community Lightweight MMA fighter.

Singapore’s Amir Khan in the 1 Championship ring. (Photo: 1 Championship) 

In his prior outing, Amir desired fewer than one particular spherical to end opponent Jaroslav Jartim with a combination of punches and kicks.

Wary of the Singaporean’s expertise, Australia’s Pang aims to carry his A-video game at the Indoor Stadium. ““It is like the youthful bull vs . the previous bull. It will be a tricky match for me. He is youthful and he will have heaps of electricity, and he’s powerful,” claimed the veteran Queensland-primarily based fighter, who has a 22-ten-two professional record.

“I have by no means been knocked out in my career, so let us see. I have competed all all-around the earth, I have been up and I have been down. I know how to carry the motion, and I’m bringing it Friday evening.”


Bringing the agony is anything community woman fighter “Mighty” May perhaps Ooi is aiming to do to her Cambodian opponent Vy Srey Khouch. Owning decisively received her 1 debut towards Malaysia’s Ann Osman in August, Ooi is keen to strengthen on her three-two professional MMA record.

Ooi is one particular of two Singaporean woman Strawweight exponents battling for glory on Friday – compatriot Tiffany Teo is also in motion in the most important event, as she faces India’s Puja Tomar.

“Competing in Singapore in front of all my spouse and children, mates and enthusiasts is these an honor,” claimed Ooi, who competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as a national swimmer.

“As a martial artist, I want to use the system that I am standing on to encourage people today. Daily life is not just about what you attain, it’s also what you encourage other people to attain,” insists Ooi.

Ooi submitted the veteran Osman via rear-bare choke in the 1st spherical. (Photo: 1 Championship) 

Extra the forty one-calendar year-previous: “While it is quite crucial to get the job done on your have own growth, there are quite a few underlying intangibles inside the realm of achievements that lengthen considerably outside of your particular person achievements.

“I also hope to be an inspiration to the people today of Singapore, as it has been a whilst due to the fact I competed here and I am energized to carry out in front of my hometown crowd.”

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