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 64 results: Martin Nguyen becomes 2-division champ with highlight-reel KO

Eduard Folayang attempted to put Martin Nguyen on his highlight reel with a knockout via spinning kick. The result, however, was a crushing knockout defeat that caused him to lose his ONE Championship lightweight title.

ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Nguyen (9-2) moved up to 155 pounds for the champion-vs.-champion affair, which headlined today’s ONE Championship 64 event. That decision paid off, and he added a second belt to his collection with a second-round knockout of Folayang (18-6) in the online pay-per-view bout at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Folayang entered the contest as the betting favorite, and in the early going, the odds seemed justified. His size and range gave Nguyen some troubles, but he figured out the solution to the puzzle going into the second round.

During a striking exchange in the second frame, Nguyen perfectly countered the spinning attack of his opponent and caught Folayang with a clean right hand. He went down in a heap, and just like that a new 155-pound champion was crowned and history was made (via Twitter):

Moraes taps Kingad to defend 125 belt

Adriano Moraes (16-2) continued his dominant run in the ONE Championship flyweight division when he earned his first title defense with a first-round submission of an overmatched Danny Kingad (7-1).

It was a classic performance from Moraes, who spent the first few minutes of the fight engaging with his opponent on the feet. He waited for Kingad to throw a lazy kick and caught it to secure a takedown. Once he was on top, Moraes went to work.

Moraes broke down Kingad on the mat and threatened from a number of positions. Moraes found his way to the back, and once there, he locked in a rear-naked choke to get the tap at the 4:45 mark of Round 1.

“This is my house, this is my belt, and this is my class,” Moraes said after his victory. “Thank you very much.”

Chung survives Belingon’s power

Kevin Belingon (17-5) proved why he’s one of the most prolific strikers in ONE Championship history when he put on another display of striking violence with a unanimous-decision victory against Kevin Chung (4-1).

The heat behind Belingon’s strikes was too much for Chung to handle in the bantamweight bout. He consistently rocked his opponent with hard punches and kicks, and though Chung managed to survive the pressure and sprinkle in some moments of success, he couldn’t thwart Belingon’s offense, and he lost on the scorecards.

With the victory, Belingon improved to 5-1 in his past six fights. Chung, meanwhile, suffered his first career loss.

Complete ONE Championship 64 results included:

Main card (Online pay-per-view, 7:30 a.m. ET)

  • Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:20 – to win lightweight title
  • Champ Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:45 – to defend flyweight title
  • Kevin Belingon def. Kevin Chung via unanimous decision
  • Alex Silvadef. Hayato Suzuki via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:22
  • Reece McLaren def. Anatpong Bunrad via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:52
  • ZhiKang Zhao def. Thai Rithy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:31

Preliminary card (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 64, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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