ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren putting an exclamation point on his MMA career Friday, stopping Shinya Aoki in under a minute at ONE Championship 65.
Askren stunned Aoki, a former lightweight champion early, finishing him in just 57 seconds. The former NCAA wrestling standout and ex-Bellator champion did leave the door open for a potential return.
“If I get the opportunity to prove I’m No. 1, I’d take that,” Askren said. “I think I’m No. 1. I know I’m No. 1.”
In other action, Amir Khan defeated Adrian Pang and Leandro Issa topped Dae Hwan Kim.
Ben Askren def. Shinya Aoki via TKO (strikes) at :57 of Round 1
Amir Khan def. Adrian Pang via unanimous decision
Leandro Issa def. Dae Hwan Kim via unanimous decision
May Ooi def. Vy Srey Khouch via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:58 of Round 1
Li Kai Wen def. Ahmed Mujtaba via disqualification (illegal strikes)
Tiffany Teo def. Puja Tomar via submission (armbar) at 4:07 of Round 1
Mei Yamaguchi def. Gina Iniong via unanimous decision
Arnaud Lepont def. Richard Corminal via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 1
Muhammad Aiman def. Yang Fei via unanimous decision
Miao Li Tao def. Sim Bunsrun via TKO (strikes) at 1:49 of Round 1