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MMA: One FC lines up four world title bouts for Dubai debut in August

Nobutatsu Suzuki will be making his first title defence since the Japanese beat American Brock Larson for the One FC welterweight belt in Kuala Lumpur (pictured). Photos: One FC.

Nobutatsu Suzuki will be making his first title defence since the Japanese beat American Brock Larson for the One FC welterweight belt in Kuala Lumpur (pictured). Photos: One FC.

July 4, 2014: One Fighting Championship (One FC) will visit the Middle East for the first time when it stages a record four world championship bouts at the Dubai World Trade Centre on August 29.

 

Welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki of Japan will defend his title against American wrestling superstar Ben Askren, who was victorious in his much-hyped One FC debut in Singapore at the end of May.

 

Suzuki’s compatriots – lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki and featherweight champ Koji Oishi – will also defend their titles against contenders to be confirmed, while there will also be a bout for the currently vacant middleweight title.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “Nobutatsu Suzuki, Koji Oishi and Shinya Aoki are three of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world today and they will put their One FC World Championship titles on the line. Ben Askren is the greatest wrestler to compete in mixed martial arts and his clash with Suzuki is one of the most anticipated bouts in the history of the welterweight division.”

 

Suzuki, 36, is a striker who has demonstrated the effectiveness of karate in mixed martial arts. Ten of his 11 wins have been by knockout and he became the first One FC welterweight world champion by defeating American Brock Larson in Kuala Lumpur in March.

 

American wrestling star Ben Askren won his One FC debut in Singapore (pictured) and will next challenge welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki for the world title in Dubai on August 29.

American wrestling star Ben Askren won his One FC debut in Singapore (pictured) and will next challenge welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki for the world title in Dubai on August 29.

Askren, 29, is a legend in collegiate wrestling with four All-American awards and also wrestled on the US Olympics team in 2008 before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Since his MMA debut in 2009, he has won 13 straight bouts in dominating fashion, most recently winning his One FC debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov in the first round.

 

Aoki, 31, is a dangerous submission artist. A former Dream lightweight champion, he earned his most prestigious title with a quick submission victory over then One FC lightweight world champion Kotetsu Boku last year. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the legendary Yuki Nakai and boasts 23 wins via submission.

 

Oishi, 37, is a veteran of over 40 fights and a former lightweight King of Pancrase. At One FC: Rise to Power, his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion came true when he captured the featherweight title by knocking out Honorio Banario. Oishi has fought almost 100 rounds in his career and faced over 36 opponents, making him one of the world’s most experienced featherweights.

 

The August 29 event will be organised in partnership with RedFilo Events LLC and supported by Dubai Tourism.

 

The action will be live on STAR Sports or via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv for US$9.99.

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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