Singapore. American wrestler Ben Askren, a former Olympian, held his own in his ONE Fighting Championship mixed martial arts debut at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30 with a win against Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan.
Askren signed a two year contract with ONE FC, Asia’s largest MMA organization, after a career of 12 wins and no defeats.
Last Friday's event, "Honor and Glory," saw Askren achieve a decisive a win after Abbasov began the bout by taking him down.
On the ground, Askren quickly reversed his position and pinned his opponent in an arm submission.
After the fight, Askren said that his next scheduled opponent, ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki of Japan, would have to fight hard to defend his belt.
Vincent Latoel of the Netherlands moved up the lightweight rankings by defeating rising star Eddie Ng in the co-main event.
Indonesian-born Latoel dropped Ng with a punch and the referee stepped in to stop the bout.
American Major Overall knocked out previously undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Bruno Pucci.
Pucci’s grappling prowess was on display early in the bout. He nearly pinned Overall twice, but the American managed to free himself both times and dopped Pucci with a left hook followed by a head kick.
The heavyweight clash between Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani was cut short when Parry inadvertently kneed Ngalani in the groin, against regulations. The bout was declared a no-contest.
Radeem Rahman kicked off the main card by becoming the only Singaporean fighter to notch two wins in the ONE FC cage.
His opponent, Malaysia’s Raymond Tan, won the early striking exchanges, knocking Rahman down twice in the first round.
Rahman fought back with resilience, taking Tan down early in the second round.
Rahman never gave the Malaysian an opportunity to get back to his feet, and finished the fight with a barrage of strikes. Referee Yuji Shimada jumped in to stop the bout as the Singapore crowd erupted.