ONE Championship will return to the vibrant city of Manila in the heart of the Philippines on 15 April for ONE: Global Rivas, where ONE welterweight world champion Ben Askren returns to face Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin.

Aleksakhin makes his return to the ONE Championship cage on a six-fight win streak, having finished Burenzorig Batmunkh in Beijing last November.

Ben Askren, a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, will be hoping to put a frustrating year behind him, having fought a no contest with Luis Santos in April 2015 due to an eye poke and then in November a rematch was foiled after Santos failed to make weight.

With ONE’s new weight rules now in place, Askren (14-0, 1 NC) will fight Aleksakhin at 185 pounds.