Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization with a 90 percent market share, has capped off the year with a series of high-profile signings, highlighted by the acquisition of undefeated Welterweight kingpin Ben Askren. He joins a list of top mixed martial artists like Dae Hwan Kim, Chris Lokteff, Harris Sarmiento and Aung La Nsang, to recently agree to exclusive contracts.
Ben Askren is a legend in collegiate wrestling with four All-American awards. He finished his wrestling career at the University of Missouri with a record of 153-8. 91 of those victories came by way of pins, which are third most in NCAA Division I history. He also wrestled in the US Olympics team in 2008 before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Since his debut in 2009, he has won twelve bouts in a row in dominating fashion, winning multiple championships and earning a spot as one of the best Welterweights in the world.
A veteran of the MMA scene in South Korea, Dae Hwan Kim will compete on Asia’s largest stage for the first time. The 26 year-old is still undefeated in his MMA career with eight wins on his record. Kim has fluid boxing and an aggressive fighting style that has served him well.
Kim is looking to make waves in ONE FC and with the Bantamweight division.
Aung La Nsang is a Middleweight veteran of Burmese ancestry. Aung is nicknamed “The Burmese Python” for his submission abilities.
Chris Lokteff is the top Heavyweight to emerge Australia.
Harris Sarmiento is a Lightweight veteran of more than sixty fights. He has competed in top promotions like Strikeforce as well as in smaller promotions in Asia. His Hawaiian warrior spirit shines through in his exciting bouts he puts on everytime he steps in the cage. He now gets a chance to test himself in the big leagues against the best Lightweights in Asia such as Eddie Ng, Shinya Aoki and Vuyisile Colossa.