Ben Askren’s next ONE FC welterweight title defense will come in April, as he puts his belt on the line vs. Luis Santos at ONE FC: Valor of Champions.
Officials announced the card recently, as it will see the promotion make a stop in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 24.
Askren (14-0) is a former Bellator champion and ex-U.S. Olympic wrestler. He made his debut with ONE FC last year, scoring victories via submission (over Bakhtiyar Abbasov) and TKO (Nobutatsu Suzuki).
Santos (61-9) is on a seven-fight win streak that includes all seven victories via submission or knockout. His last losses were in Bellator to Ryan Ford and Ben Saunders.
Other bouts announced include Mark Striegl vs. Casey Suire in the co-main event and Eugene Toquero vs. Brianata Rosadhi.
“ONE: Valor of Champions is set to be the biggest sporting event to be held in the Philippines this year,” CEO Victor Cui said. “Mark Striegl is a Filipino MMA superstar who has proven that he has what it takes to compete with the best in the world. He now tests himself against the best in the world in ONE Championship’s stacked Bantamweight division, beginning with the undefeated Casey Suire. Both mixed martial artists are known for their exciting styles.
“Get set for a night of adrenaline pumping mixed martial arts action as ONE Championship goes live around the world on April 24”