Former Bellator champion Ben Askren will get his chance to become a champion in ONE FC, as he takes on Nobutatsu Suzuki for the welterweight title in August. Officials announced that fight, along with several other bouts.
The card is set for August 29 from the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Shinya Aoki, the lightweight champion, and Koji Oishi, the featherweight champion, will also be in action. A fourth belt is expected to be on the line, as well, with the middleweight champion being crowned.
“After wowing sold out audiences across Asia, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization will enter the Middle East for the first time on August 29,” ONE FC CEO Victor Cui said. “Dubai will be treated to a night of adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action from world-class mixed martial artists. Nobutatsu Suzuki, Koji Oishi and Shinya Aoki are three of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world today and they will put their ONE FC world championship titles on the line.
“Ben Askren is the greatest wrestler to compete in mixed martial arts and his clash with Suzuki is one of the most anticipated bouts in the history of the welterweight division. This is going to be the biggest night in the history of combat sports and you do not want to miss it.”
The event will air online via internet pay-per-view. More fights are expected to be announced in the coming days.