Askren, Santos to resume rivalry

American Olympic wrestler Ben Askren (top) during his workout with head coach of Evolve MMA Heath Sims.
American Olympic wrestler Ben Askren (top) during his workout with head coach of Evolve MMA Heath Sims. PHOTO: ST FILE

A title rematch between American Olympic wrestler Ben Askren and Brazilian hard-hitter Luis Santos will headline One Championship's mixed martial arts (MMA) card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 13.

The duo's fight in the Philippines in April ended in a no-contest after Askren, who holds One's welterweight title, accidentally poked Santos in the eye.

The two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling champion has yet to lose in 15 professional MMA bouts, while Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Santos holds an impressive 61-9 win-loss record in the sport.

Also set to compete on the card are Singapore fighters Angela Lee and Amir Khan.

After winning her first two fights, strawweight Lee will look to keep the momentum going against Australian Natalie Gonzales Hills.

Amir, meanwhile, squares off against Jimmy Yabo of the Philippines, a solid featherweight contender with a 4-1 record.

More fights will be announced in the coming weeks.

One Championship owner Victor Cui said: "Aside from the highly anticipated rematch between Ben Askren and Luis Santos, we have also prepared a few surprises for fight fans in the Lion City."

Tickets, ranging from $38 to $749, are on sale at Sports Hub Tix.

Sanjay Nair

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2015, with the headline 'Askren, Santos to resume rivalry'. Print Edition | Subscribe