MMA: 3 big bouts added to “ONE: Pride of Lions”

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Three bouts have been added as undercards for “ONE: Pride of Lions” slated on November 13 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The main event will feature the rematch between American welterweight Ben Askren and Luis Santos of Brazil. Askren will once again put his title on the line.

Singapore-based American fighter Major Overall is looking to impress crowds with his exciting, all-action style inside the ONE Cage. He will next take on an explosive fighter in the person of Kotetsu “No Face” Boku.

Boku, 38, lost via decision to Filipino mixed martial artist Eduard Folayang the last time he stepped inside the ONE cage in May 2014. In May of this year, however, he listed an impressive win over Juntaro Ushiku under the Pancrase banner.

The 33-year-old Overall, on the other hand, will be coming off a four-fight winning streak following a one-year layoff.

In the featherweight division, Amir Khan will try to follow up his masterful win versus Shannon Wiratchai last May as he squares off against Jimmy Yabo of the Philippines.

With a 4-1 record, Yabo’s victories all came via knockouts and he hopes to continue his winning ways when he faces one of Singapore’s young and rising MMA prospects in Khan.

In the women’s division, Angela “Unstoppable” Lee will be facing Natalie Gonzales Hills.

A native of Singapore but now based in Waipahu, Hawaii, Lee is one of the most promising young fighters on ONE Championship’s growing roster of fighters. A member of the Evolve fight team, Lee turned pro in May and has since submitted two opponents inside the opening round.

The Australian Hills, meanwhile, is a female strawweight contender with a solid record. Her previous two victories came via submission. Aside from grappling, Hills also boasts very capable striking technique as she joins ONE Championship’s growing female roster.

It can be recalled that Askren and Santos first fought in Manila last April. An upset seemed to be in the offing until an eyepoke by Askren led to the fight being stopped with 2:19 remaining in the first round.

Askren (14-0-0-1) remains undefeated but it was the first time he has experienced anything other than victory in an MMA fight. After the bout, he accused Santos of “playing up” the injury — while the Brazilian was upset with the champion for behaving in an “unprofessional manner” while he was receiving medical treatment.

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