Ben “Funky” Askren 18-0-1 MMA defeated Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki 39-8-1 MMA at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit.
After only 57 seconds Askren set his legacy and achieved something that most fighter aren’t able to do – retire undefeated. Not always known as an exciting fighter Askren was able to pick up 4 first round stoppages in his 7 bouts with ONE. Only going the distance with Nikolay Aleksakhin 19-5 MMA at ONE Championship 41 back in April 2016 and a no contest due to an eye poke vs Luis Santos 63-10-1-1 MMA at ONE Championship 26 the prior year.
Askren also enjoyed a successful 9 bout Bellator career and captured the welterweight strap along the line. Leaving the company after his release was granted in November 2013 to pursue a UFC contract. However the UFC didn’t really seem interested with signing Askren and president Dana White had pretty much the same view as Bellator president Bjorn Rebney, Askren was a great one-dimensional fighter. He then signed with ONE where he stayed the remainder of his career.
Aoki has been competing in MMA since his Deep debut in November 2003. He has competed in several organizations including: Deep, Shooto, Pride, Dream, K-1, Strikeforce, Bellator, ONE and even a bout in Rizin where he got a first round TKO (corner stoppage) over legend Kazushi “The Gracie Hunter” Sakuraba 26-17-1-2 MMA. Aoki is now on his first two fight losing streak of his 14 year career.
After the bout Askren confirmed his retirement in his post-fight interview saying:
“I think this is it. If I get the opportunity to prove I’m number one, then I’ll take the opportunity. I don’t need any more money. I just want to show the fans that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out.”
Other results from the card:
Amir Khan defeats Adrian Pang (UD)
Leandro Issa defeats Dae Hwan Kim (UD)
May Ooi defeats Vy Srey Khouch submission @ 3:58 rnd. 1 (RNC)
Ahmed Mujtaba defeats Li Kai Wen disqualification (Illegal strikes)
Tiffany Teo defeats Puja Tomar submission @ 4:07 rnd. 1 (armbar)
Mei Yamaguchi defeats Gina Iniong (UD)
Arnaud LePont defeats Richard Corminal submission @ 3:16 rnd. 1 (armtriangle)
Muhammad Aiman defeats Yang Fei (UD)
Miao Li Tao defeats Sim Bunsrun TKO @ 1:49 rnd. 1