Report: Ben Askren to Retire From Fighting After Facing Shinya Aoki in November
By FCF Staff
Ben Askren will reportedly hang up the gloves, and will transition into an executive role with ONE Championship, after he fights Shinya Aoki on November 24th.
Recently ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on Facebook, and Askren has retweeted subsequent reports about the move.
I am thrilled to announce two world title fights for ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore on November 24!
Angela and Mei have agreed to what will arguably be the most anticipated rematch in the history of martial arts in Asia. Also, for the 1st time in ONE history, two athletes from the same team will go to battle for a world title. In what will be a ferocious contest between two great white sharks, Shinya Aoki and Ben Askren have decided to lay it all on the line. Win or lose, this fight will be Ben’s last. Ben has made the decision to retire after this fight to become an executive at ONE. You do not want to miss this mega event in Singapore!
The 33 year-old Askren is coming off a stoppage win over Zebaztian Kadestam on September 2nd, which moved the accomplished wrestler’s overall record to 17-0. The former Bellator champion has retained ONE’s welterweight title three times now since Askren won it in 2014.