The ONE FC signee Ben Askren has a scheduled date and opponent for his highly anticipated ONE FC debut. The former Bellator welterweight champion and former Olympian will fight on ONE FC 16: Honor and Glory, which takes place in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30th. ONE FC announced the news on their facebook page.
Ben Askren (12-0) will face Bakhtiyar Abbasov (11-2), a fellow wrestler out of Azerbijan, who will also be making his ONE FC debut–on a 9-fight win streak. Abbasov has 5 of his wins come by way of (T)KO, and 5 via submission.
It will be 10 months out of action for Ben Askren when he returns to the cage, last competed on July 31, 2013.
ONE FC had also announced prior that Ben Askren will be facing the ONE FC welterweight champion, which was decided at ONE FC 14, when Nobutatsu Suzuki defeated Brock Larson via Unanimous Decision to become the inaugural welterweight champion. The date for this fight has yet to be announced.