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Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song

SINGAPORE — Ben Askren couldn’t shy away from Shinya Aoki’s legend.

That’s why Askren did not hesitate to take on the the former ONE Lightweight World Champion for his swan song on Friday in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Ben Askren
“Shinya is a really good final opponent. Obviously, he is a legend of the sport, and he is a really big challenge on the ground, which is where I like to compete, personally. I am excited for this bout,” said Askren of the ONE Weltwerweight clash.

The former Beijing Olympian is looking to walk away from the sport with a spotless record, but that’s going to be easier said than done against of the best mixed martial artists in Asia.

But that challenge of going out with a victory against a legend like Aoki, who touts an impressive resume of submission victories earning him the monicker of “Tobikan Judan,” is what drew the American fighter to the World Championship bout.

Author: Celest Flores-Colina
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/273264/one-aoki-really-good-opponent-for-askrens-swan-song

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