ONE Championship 65 results: Ben Askren stops Shinya Aoki with 57-second TKO in retirement fight

It took ONE Championship welterweight titleholder Ben Askren less than a minute to close the final chapter of his career.

And, at 33, he’s taking an unbeaten record into retirement.

Askren (18-0) confirmed his heavy favorite status with a TKO over Japanese notable Shinya Aoki (39-8) in the headlining affair of today’s “ONE Championship 65: Immortal Pursuit.”

The event, which took at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

After a couple punches were exchanged, Aoki quickly jumped to guard. Askren responded by slamming him to the ground, then followed with heavy punches from the top. As Aoki crumpled up, the ref jumped in to stop the fight just 57 seconds in.

Asked to confirm whether the headlining affair was definitely his goodbye from MMA, Askren repeated the same thing he’d been saying in the lead-up to the matchup.

“I think it’s it,” Askren said. “I did leave that caveat, if I get the opportunity to prove I’m No.1 – I think I’m No. 1. I know I’m No. 1. I haven’t gotten to prove to the world I’m No. 1. So if I get that opportunity, (I’d) take that opportunity.

“I don’t need to make any more money. I need to show people that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out.”

Askren currently is ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. Considering the No. 1 fighter is his friend and Roufusport stablemate Tyron Woodley, the UFC’s welterweight champion, that would be a tough definition to make right now. In the meantime, the retired champ is just looking forward to enjoying some Christmas grub.

Pang hangs tough, but Amir Khan scores unanimous nod

It wasn’t a knockout, but 23-year-old Amir Khan’s kick-heavy striking game, distance control and overall composure were more than enough to earn him the unanimous nod over the experienced Adrian Pang in a lightweight encounter.

Khan was aggressive off the bat, making sure to use his reach advantage by keeping the distance with a variety of head kicks and attacks on Pang’s lead leg. Pang remained patient, defending the high blows and looking to get in the pocket. Thrice in the first round, Pang advanced with a flurry of punches to press Khan against the cage, but was unable to secure a takedown.

The damage on Pang’s lead leg showed in Round 2. The Aussie’s attempts to take Khan to the mat worked late in the frame, but Khan was able to get back up immediately after  two consecutive takedowns. Khan also landed solid strikes, including one on-the-button head kick, but Pang ate them.

Khan had less space to work with in Round 3, but Pang’s grit was still not enough to turn things around. Khan, who’s now on a six-fight streak. hadn’t needed the scorecards to get a win since his pro debut.

“(Pang) may be old in age, but he’s still got the heart of a young lion,” Khan said after the bout.

Dae Hwan Kim is no match to Leandro Issa’s smothering ground game

Leandro Issa (15-6) didn’t get the first-round kimura submission he’d predicted, but he didn’t exactly struggle against Dae Hwan Kim (12-2-1), either.

Kim probably knew exactly what Issa wanted to do in their bantamweight encounter, but that didn’t stop the Brazilian from accomplishing it. The lauded Brazilian grappler was quick to get the battle where he wanted from the start, pressuring his striker counterpart toward the cage and taking him down early in the first round.

The next two rounds followed similar script: Issa smothered Kim from top position on the ground, with the occasional trip to his opponent’s back. Kim resisted submission attempts and hung in there just enough to survive the elbows and short punches that rained down. But, apart from two brief scrambles in Rounds 1 and 3, surviving was basically all that Kim did.

ONE Championship 65 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)

  • Arnaud Lepont def. Richard Corminal via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:16
  • Muhammad Aiman def. Yang Fei via unanimous decision
  • Miao Li Tao def. Sim Bunsrun via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:49

For more on ONE Championship 65, visit the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 60 highlights: Ben Askren maintains title, perfect career mark

ONE Championship welterweight title holder Ben Askren (17-0) is still unbeaten more than nine years into his professional career.

The “Funky” one returned to action at Saturday’s historic ONE Championship 60 even in Shanghai, manhandling Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) en route to a second-round TKO finish. Askren is now 5-0 under the ONE Championship banner. The former Bellator champion also stands at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

To see highlights of Askren’s win, as well as other key results from the card, check out the video above, courtesy of ONE Championship.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 60 results: Champ Ben Askren defends again, secures another stoppage

With his third straight title defense and 17th consecutive victory, ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren had another relatively easy day of work.

Askren (17-0) dominated Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) in today’s ONE Championship 60 headliner.

“ONE Championship: Shanghai” took place at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Askren, a former Bellator champion who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, cruised with a ground-geared attack.

Things didn’t start well for Kadestam, a 26-year-old striker who has seven knockouts in nine career wins, and they never got much better. In the opening moments of the fight, Askren, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and Olympian, went to his roots and scored a big takedown (via Twitter):

Askren’s domination, which came from mount and while affixed to Kadestam’s back, continued through the first round and into the next.

Ultimately, a barrage of ground-and-pound from the mount, which came late in the second round, forced a merciful stoppage to the lopsided fight (via Twitter):

Askren picked up his 10th stoppage in 17 career wins. And the 33-year-old, who’s previously been criticized for a grinding and not-so-fan-friendly fighting style, now has stoppages in six of past seven fights.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Ben Askren defends title vs. Zebaztian Kadestam at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai

For the first time, ONE Championship will touch down in Shanghai next month, and its welterweight title will be on the line.

Dominant unbeaten 170-pound champion Ben Askren (16-0) will put his belt up against Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-3) in the main event of ONE Championship 60.

The event takes place Sept. 2 at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

“China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront,” Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated. “It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai.”

Askren will fight for the second time in 2017 when he steps in against Kadestam. In May, he submitted Agilan Thani at ONE Championship 55 for his second defense of the welterweight title. He stayed perfect for his career at 16-0, including 4-0 for ONE Championship.

Askren had just one fight in 2016, a non-title win over Nikolay Aleksakhin when Aleksakhin failed to make weight. And he had just one fight in 2015 – a no-contest with Luis Santos after Santos was poked in the eye and couldn’t continue.

Kadestam has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights. In May, he fought Santos and knocked him out with knees in the third round to put himself on the path to a fight with Askren. Overall, eight of Kadestam’s nine career wins have been by stoppage, indluding seven knockouts.

The ONE Championship 60 lineup includes:

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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