Askren to take advantage of Asian rules in ONE FC
Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is excited about fighting under new rules now that he’s signed with Singapore-based promotion ONE FC.
Askren, a former Olympic wrestler, said he’d gladly use soccer kicks and knees to the ground, which are permitted under ONE FC rules.
"I torture a lot of the guys in my gym. I'll hold them down and fake like I'm throwing a knee to the head and I'll say to them, 'If we're in Asia, you're screwed right now,'” the MMA fighter said in Yahoo! Sports.
“The knees on the ground are going to work beautifully in my style. I've played around with it in the gym and I see at least five or six different ways I can successfully implement that technique, especially," he added.
Askren will make his ONE FC debut in May, probably against the winner between welterweight fighters Brock Larson and Nobutatsu Suzuki.
The 29-year-old relies heavily on his wrestling skills and was considered a boring fighter. His fighting style, however, was his ticket to 12 consecutive victories inside the cage.
Askren also claimed that he has underrated stand up skills, citing that he sparred with some of the best strikers in their gym.
"Obviously no one ever sees it, but I think my standup is pretty good, actually," he said.
"A lot of the guys in our gym who are considered good strikers, they would attest to that if you asked them that same question. Obviously, my comfort level on my feet now is through the roof. I know it is very unlikely that anyone is going to stop me from taking them down, but if in fact that does happen, I'm comfortable on my feet. I train with literally some of the best strikers in MMA on a daily basis in the gym, so it's had a huge impact."