With an impressive 14-0 record, Ben Askren is one of the most prized welterweight fighters in the world. For all of the noise about which organization he should be fighting in, that fact is that he signed a 2 year/6-fight contract with One FC that needs 4 more professional fights to be fulfilled. With a look at One FC’s welterweight divsion, who will be able to give “the funk” a run for his money?
Nobody in the welterweight division wants a shot at Askren more than Suzuki, who lost his title in a mere minute and 24 seconds into the fight. Suzuki is 2-1 in One FC, taking a KO victory over Phil Baroni and decision victory for the championship over Brock Larson. Suzuki vs. Askren II would make for a great title rematch, and he surely will want a second chance against Askren’s takedowns. Suzuki has 10 victories by knockout and is an extremely effective in striking as a kyokushin black belt. He only got the chance to make one kick at Askren before he was taken down and blasted by his ground and pound. If Suzuki can set up an effective takedown defense and prepare a strategy to defeat Ben Askren by striking with him, he stands a good chance at taking back his title.
Listed as a One FC Welterweight Contenter, Brock Larson (37-8) could definitely give Askren a run for his money. He has won 4 of his last 5 fights, and has a record of 1-1 in One FC. He took an excellent decision victory over Melvin Manhoef in his One FC debut, but lost to Suzuki by decision for the welterweight championship. 26 of his 37 victories have come by submission, and his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expertise may be the perfect equalizer to Askren’s wrestling style. Everyone knows Ben Askren is deadly once he takes down an opponent, but pinning him against a strong jiu-jitsu fighter could solve the riddle of who will be the first fighter to hand him a loss.
Who do you think deserves a shot against Askren for the One FC title? Do you think another One FC welterweight would make for a better matchup?