Ben Askren touched down in Singapore this week ahead of his anticipated rematch with Lius Santos on 13 November. Between finishing his training camp with Evolve MMA, ROUGH managed to catch up with ONE Championship’s reigning welterweight champion to ask 10 fast and fun facts you may, or may not, have known about Ben “Funky” Askren.
Without a doubt, Spaghetti Bolognaise!
It has to be Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Favourite MMA fight?
I would have to say that it was my ONE: Welterweight World Championship win over Nobutatsu Suzuki in Dubai last year. Reason for that choice is because I managed to execute my game-plan quickly and in a devastating fashion to win the title!
Favourite destination for travel?
Not really out of US but it has to be Yosemite National Park.
Favourite wrestling takedown?
Most memorable moment in life?
Easy, being selected for the US Olympic Wrestling Team in 2008.
If you weren’t a professional fighter, what would you be doing now?
I won’t be moving to far off from where I’m currently at but it would definitely have to be coaching wrestling.
What is your pre-fight ritual?
I don’t really have a pre-fight ritual but I try to calm myself down and embrace the moment.
What’s a must have for a cheat meal?
Thai Curry and some Phad Thai for sure.
What is one thing you wan to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for bringing a new style of wrestling in America, for fighting as hard as I can and always giving my 101% in each fight, and lastly I would like to be remembered for never being afraid to be myself and speak my mind.
ONE: PRIDE OF LIONS takes place on 13 November at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.