Seven months after their first meeting ended in controversy, Ben Askren will face Luis Santos for a second time in November.
The rematch between Askren and Santos has been hotly anticipated ever since the moment the American’s finger connected with the Brazilian’s eye and the first fight was rendered a no contest.
There is plenty of bad blood on both sides and the two men will finally get to settle their differences inside the cage on 13 November.
ONE today announced a rematch is set to headline ONE: ‘Pride of Lions’ at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Askren conducts all his training camps in Singapore and is likely to get good support from the crowd when he fights there for the second time. Santos has also fought in the same venue once before and coincidentally both men beat the same opponent, Bakhtiyar Abbasov.
Askren (14-0-0-1) was the most sought after free agent in the MMA world when Bellator decided to release after struggling to find suitable opponents. He was snapped up by ONE and swiftly went on to claim the welterweight title.
Santos (61-9-1-1) is also a Bellator veteran although while Askren was the undefeated champion his spell with the promotion was less remarkable. He had won seven straight fights prior to their first fight and holds a BJJ black belt.
Santos is the first and only fighter to challenge Askren for his ONE 170 lbs belt but the first meeting between the two ended in acrimony when an eye poke from the champion left the challenger unable to continue.
Santos did enough in those two minutes and 19 seconds to suggest he can cause Askren serious problems and potentially become the first man to ever defeat the former US Olympian so there is likely to be plenty of interest in the November rematch.