The Ben Askren Experiment is Over: He Officially Retires

The Ben Askren experiment is over.

Last November it was announced that a “trade” had occurred between ONE Championship and the UFC. In exchange for the greatest flyweight of all time, Demetrious Johnson, ONE would surrender the undefeated Ben Askren. After contemplating retirement after his last loss, Askren has officially retired. While many fans were disappointed to see pound for pound great Johnson leave to fight lesser opponents overseas, the majority of fans looked forward to seeing if Ben Askren was as good as he said he was. Touting an undefeated record, the possibility of Askren entering the talent pool the UFC had garnered has been a dream for many for several years now. It was 2013 when Askren became a free agent for the first time. Askren joining the UFC seemed inevitable, but supposed disagreements and conflict with Dana White made the natural transition a fantasy. Now, a year and three UFC fights later, Askren has decided to retire.

The out-of-nowhere trade into the UFC meant that Askren could finally prove himself. Despite being undefeated, it had been obvious for years that Askren lacked anything resembling an adequate striking game. Ben Askren solely relied on his overwhelming wrestling skills to succeed. His opponents knew what Askren would attempt to do, and up until his UFC run, no one was able to stop it. The combination of Askren’s undefeated resume, plus glaring weaknesses made any matchup in the UFC tantalizing. Askren’s unique and confident persona helped add to the intrigue. His first UFC fight, against former champion Robbie Lawler, unfortunately, did not answer the questions everyone was looking for. After overcoming some early adversity (read: getting slammed on his head), Askren was able to neutralize Lawler for the better part of the round before a controversial stoppage that is better left un-discussed. His second UFC had the added tension of finally being a definitive answer to Askren’s skillset as well as being a grudge match. Jorge Masvidal’s knee-heard-round-the-world left Ben with his first loss and on the receiving end of the promotion’s quickest finish.

Ben’s third, and now the final fight was a rightful step down that was unlikely to have any fluke-ending. Going up against 41-year-old Jiu-Jitsu ace Demian Maia, Askren was left in a must-win situation. Despite occasional success, Maia was succeeding in his stand-up and eventually secured a choke. Askren, who had constantly believed himself to be the best welterweight, even confidently proclaiming to be better than Georges St-Pierre, had answered all the questions around his skillset. It was clear to anyone watching that Askren was simply not one of the elite welterweights. This is not to say the Ben Askren experiment was not a success. His unique persona and charisma made an exciting addition to a roster lacking exciting characters, and his fights against Lawler and Masvidal will remain in the public conscious. Before the trade brought Ben Askren to the UFC, most would have assumed he would remain the sports biggest what-if: an undefeated olympian who was never given a chance to prove himself. Now, as Askren retires, those questions don’t have to linger and we can all be thankful to know Askren’s place in welterweight history, all while his trade-in partner, Demetrious Johnson, continues to amass wins in Asia.

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ONE Age of Dragons results: Ennahachi defeats Wenfeng

Ennahachi retains flyweight title, Kryklia takes inaugural light heavyweight belt

Two kickboxing titles were on the line last night (Nov. 16) at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. The ONE Championship event titled “Age of Dragons” was headlined by the defending flyweight champion Ilias Ennahachi up against challenger Wang Wenfeng. In addition the pair met for the third time.

The scheduled for five rounds championship bout went a full distance. The verdict heard a split decision in favor of champion. In addition to making his first successful title defense, Ennahachi took the revenge for their previous battle with Wenfeng in November 2017.

The co-main saw Tarik Khbabez and Roman Kryklia battling it out for the inaugural ONE super series light heavyweight kickboxing title. The latter earned the win as well as the belt by TKO in the second round.

Also on the main card Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex suffered the defeat by knockout in the second round against the promotional new-comer Jamal Yusupov. Meng Bo and Ritu Phogat stopped their respective opponents Laura Balin and Nam Hee Kim in the first round of their women’s MMA bouts at atomweight. In addition, Jeremy Miado defeated Miao Li by TKO also in the first round at strawweight.

The five-fight preliminary card featured a series of MMA and kickboxing matchups. The complete ONE Age of Dragons results can be found below.

ONE Age of Dragons: Ennahachi vs. Wenfeng results

Main Card

Ilias Ennahachi def. Wang Wenfeng by split decision

Roman Kryklia def. Tarik Khbabez by TKO (R2 at 0:43)

Jamal Yusupov def. Yodsanklai Fairtex by KO (strikes, R2 at 0:39)

Meng Bo def. Laura Balin by KO (R1 at 2:18)

Ritu Phogat def. Nam Hee Kim by TKO (Strikes, R1 at 3:37)

Jeremy Miado def. Miao Li Tao by KO (R1 at 3:01)

Preliminary Card

Christina Breuer def. Jorina Baars by split decision

Tang Kai def. Edward Kelly by unanimous decision

Yusup Saadulaev def. Daichi Takenaka by split decision

Enriko Kehl def. Armen Petrosyan by TKO (R2 at 1:55)

Hexigetu def. Ramon Gonzales by unanimous decision

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Atomweight women make a splash at ONE: Age of Dragons in Beijing

Meng Bo wins at ONE Age of Dragons

Two atomweights made their promotional debuts at ONE: Age of Dragons in Beijing on Saturday. Meng Bo and Ritu Phogat come from very different backgrounds, but both made big impressions at the Cadillac Arena.

Bo’s main claim to fame is having beaten reining UFC bantamweight champion Weili Zhang. The Chinese atomweight was matched with Argentina’s Laura Balin in Beijing and needed less than three minutes to score a highlight reel knockout.

The Chinese fighter landed a right hook midway through the opening round that folded the former atomweight title challenger. Balin was immediately separated from her senses and the flurry of follow up punches felt somewhat superfluous.

The referee quickly stepped in to save the Argentinian from sustaining additional punishment. With the win Bo improves to 14-5, while Balin drops to 11-6 and the Chinese fighter can consider herself to be among the contenders in ONE Championship’s increasingly competitive atomweight division.

Meanwhile, Ritu Phogat announced herself to the MMA world with an impressive showing in her debut. The Indian’s career is guaranteed to come under close scrutiny because she was a wrestling star in her homeland and a blockbuster Bollywood movie was made about her and her sisters.

She used her wrestling to dominate fellow debutant Nam Hee Kim. After taking down the Korean midway through the opening round, Phogat landed in side control and rained down hammerfists on the defenseless Korean until the referee had no option but to call off the action.

Phogat moves up to 1-0 and there are no shortage of potential opponents in the atomweight division. The likes of Ayaka Miura, Mei Yamaguchi and Itsuki Hirata are all in line for a shot at reigning champion Angela Lee and Bo can also consider herself to be in the mix after Saturday’s win.


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ONE: Age of Dragons official results

  • ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Ilias Ennahachi defeats Wang Wenfeng by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
  • ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Roman Kryklia defeats Tarik Khbabez by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 0:43 minutes of round 2
  • Muay Thai Catchweight (73.0kg): Jamal Yusupov defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Knockout (KO) at 0:39 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Meng Bo defeats Laura Balin by Knockout (KO) at 2:18 minutes of round 1
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Ritu Phogat defeats Nam Hee Kim by TKO (Strikes) at 3:37 minutes of round 1
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Jeremy Miado defeats Miao Li Tao by Knockout (KO) at 3:01 minutes of round 1
  • Kickboxing Featherweight: Christina Breuer defeats Jorina Baars by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight: Tang Kai defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev defeats Daichi Takenaka by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • Kickboxing Catchweight (73.0kg): Enriko Kehl defeats Armen Petrosyan by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:55 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight:Hexigetu defeats Ramon Gonzales by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

ONE Championship 103 results: Meng Bo debuts with first-round knockout of Laura Balin

It didn’t take long for Meng Bo to launch her introduction to ONE Championship fans Saturday.

In her long-awaited promotional debut, after having two previously scheduled fights against two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi scrapped, Bo (14-5) took out former title challenger Laura Balin (11-6) with relative ease in the top MMA fight at “ONE Championship 103: Age of Dragons.”

Balin held her own in the opening minute of the fight, coming at Bo. But when Bo landed a big overhand right, Balin quickly dropped to the canvas. It took Bo only a few punches on the ground to have the fight stopped at the 2:18 mark of the first round. It was Bo’s fourth straight win and her first fight in 13 months.

In other MMA fights on the card, which featured ONE Super Series kickboxing and muay Thai fights in the final three bouts, Ritu Phogat (1-0) took out Nam Hee Kim (0-1) with a first-round TKO and Jeremy Miado (9-4) knocked out Miao Li Tao (5-2) in the first round.

Ahead of those stoppages, Tang Kai (10-2) outworked Edward Kelly (12-8) for a unanimous decision, giving Kelly a second straight loss after seven fights of up-and-down results. Yusup Saadulaev (19-5-1) took a split decision from Daichi Takenaka (12-2-1), giving him six wins in his past seven fights. And Hexigetu (7-4) outworked Ramon Gonzales (4-3) for a unanimous decision.

ONE Championship 103 MMA results included:

  • Meng Bo def. Laura Balin via knockout – Round 1, 2:18
  • Ritu Phogat def. Nam Hee Kim via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:37
  • Jeremy Miado def. Miao Li Tao via knockout – Round 1, 3:01
  • Tang Kai def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
  • Yusup Saadulaev def. Daichi Takenaka via split decision
  • Hexigetu def. Ramon Gonzales via unanimous decision

Ilias Ennahachi Retains ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title

Beijing, China: ONE Championship™ (ONE) made a triumphant return to China to deliver yet another world-class martial arts extravaganza. The Cadillac Arena in Beijing played host to ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS, featuring the absolute best in martial arts talent.

In the main event of the evening, reigning ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Ilias Ennahachi of The Netherlands outlasted a tough challenger in China’s “Metal Storm” Wang Wenfeng, winning by close split decision. Both warriors were aggressive all throughout the contest, often meeting each other at the center of the ring. Wang pressed the action from start to end, but Ennahachi put together a brilliant display of counterpunching to earn the slight edge on the scorecards. In the end, two of three judges ringside scored the bout in favor of Ennahachi, who retained his ONE World Title.

In the co-main event, Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine overcame a game effort from Tarik “The Tank” Khbabez of Morocco to score a second-round technical knockout victory. Khbabez came out firing from the opening bell, as Kryklia opted to lay back and counter. Towards the end of the first round however, Kryklia began to find his mark with well-placed combinations. In the second round, Kryklia went on the offensive, dropping Khbabez three times to score the finish.

In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Jamal “Kherow” Yusupov of Russia scored a huge upset of Muay Thai legend “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex of Thailand. Yusupov’s length proved to be a factor, as he forced Yodsanklai to backpedal on the defensive. A right straight and left hook combination in the opening minute of the second round wobbled Yodsanklai, sending the Thai to the mat. Yodsanklai beat the count, but Yusupov jumped on him immediately after, connecting on another thunderous combination to seal the finish.

Chinese star Meng Bo made quick work of former ONE World Title challenger Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin of Argentina, scoring a scintillating first round finish to the delight of the Beijing fans in attendance. Although Balin was aggressive in the early going, Meng showcased her power, cracking Balin with a well-placed overhand right that immediately sent “La Gladiadora” crashing to the canvas. A couple more punches on the ground landed for good measure as the referee waved the bout off.

Indian wrestling superstar Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat made a successful mixed martial arts and ONE Championship debut, putting together a dominant performance en route to a technical knockout victory over South Korea’s Nam Hee Kim. Phogat immediately scored on a takedown in the opening seconds of the bout. She executed another successful takedown moments later, this time keeping Kim on the mat and proceeding to deal damage with ground-and-pound. After securing the mounted crucifix position, Phogat pounded Kim out until the referee intervened.

The Philippines’ Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado stunned the Chinese fans at the Cadillac Arena with a spectacular flying knee knockout of hometown hero Miao Li Tao. Miado had Miao in trouble early, catching him in a deep armbar. Miao was able to power his way out of the submission attempt, however, and pressed Miado across the ring. As Miao was about to shoot for a double leg, Miado unleashed the flying knee, catching Miao coming in for maximum impact. The Chinese athlete was out before he hit the canvas.

Germany’s Christina Breuer notched a monumental upset, dealing previously unbeaten Jorina “Jojo” Baars of The Netherlands the first defeat of her professional career. While Baars’ length would characteristically prove problematic, Breuer was aggressive all throughout the three round contest and was often able to get within range. In turn, much of Baars’ height and reach advantage was negated. Breuer’s forward movement scored major points with the judges, and in the end, two of three officials from ringside scored the bout in her favor to win by split decision.

Chinese featherweight star Tang Kai made it five wins in a row, pounding out a unanimous decision victory over the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly over three rounds in his latest conquest. It was mostly a striking battle between the two, but Tang proved busier and more accurate with his combinations. Kelly tried his best and no doubt kept the bout competitive, but Tang was just a step ahead at every juncture. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Tang.

A grueling three-round bantamweight clash took place between Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev and Japan’s Daichi Takenaka. Saadulaev immediately looked to get inside on the clinch as soon as the bout started. Takenaka, however, would come alive in the second behind a deliberate and constant left round kick to the body. The third round was close, with both warriors having their moments. In the end, Saadulaev narrowly escaped with a close split decision.

In a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, former K-1 World Champion Enriko “The Hurricane” Kehl of Germany put together a dominant performance against Armen Petrosyan of Italy, winning by second round technical knockout. Although Petrosyan showed immense heart and tenacity, Kehl was simply the faster, stronger man from start to finish.

Kicking off the action at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS were strawweight hopefuls “The Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu of China and Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales of the Philippines. Hexigetu, a former CMSL Champion, dominated the bout from beginning to end, as he earned a unanimous decision victory for his efforts.

Official results for ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS
ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Ilias Ennahachi defeats Wang Wenfeng by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship: Roman Kryklia defeats Tarik Khbabez by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 0:43 minutes of round 2
Muay Thai Catchweight (73.0kg): Jamal Yusupov defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Knockout (KO) at 0:39 minutes of round 2
Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Meng Bo defeats Laura Balin by Knockout (KO) at 2:18 minutes of round 1
Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Ritu Phogat defeats Nam Hee Kim by TKO (Strikes) at 3:37 minutes of round 1
Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Jeremy Miado defeats Miao Li Tao by Knockout (KO) at 3:01 minutes of round 1
Kickboxing Featherweight: Christina Breuer defeats Jorina Baars by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight: Tang Kai defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev defeats Daichi Takenaka by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Kickboxing Catchweight (73.0kg): Enriko Kehl defeats Armen Petrosyan by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:55 minutes of round 2
Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight:Hexigetu defeats Ramon Gonzales by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds