On Friday morning, ONE Championship touched down in the Philippines to bring fight  fans everywhere ONE Championship 26: Valor of Champions live from the Mall of Asia Arena.

Headlining the card was a welterweight title fight between reigning champion Ben Askren and mixed martial arts veteran Luis Santos.

As two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and member of the 2008 US Olympic wrestling team, Askren (14-0), who was also a former Bellator welterweight champion, was long been considered one of the greatest pure wrestlers to ever compete in mixed martial arts. In his most recent out, the brash mouthed Roufusport product walked away with a dominant first round TKO over then ONE FC 170 Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC: Reign of Champions in August. This win marked Askren’s fourth straight stoppage, three of which ended in TKO. Prior to this string of impresses performances, ‘Funky’ reigned atop Bellator’s 170-pound division for three years. During this time, Askren picked up decision wins over standout fighters such as Douglas Lim and Jay Hieron.

Santo (61-9-1) entered this bout looking to improve on his seven-fight win streak, with six of these wins ending by knockout. In his most recent effort, ‘Sapo’ scored a first round knockout in his ONE FC debut over Bakhtiyar Abbasov after connecting with thunderous body kick before finishing the bout with a violent soccer kick to the skull of his opponent early in he first round. The entire recap from the card along with the results from the prelims can be found below.

The entire recap from the card along with the results from the prelims can be found below.

Main Event Summary

Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos for the ONE Championship welterweight title

Round 1: Askren went for 5 takedowns and Santos was able to get out of all of them. Askren looked like he didn’t want anything to do with Santos on the feet. A few more takedown attempts were thwarted by Santos before he got poked in the eye by Askren. Then a ton of confusion began. The referee thought it was a shoulder that injured Santos’ eye and called off the fight. Then he asked for a replay and saw it was indeed an eye poke. Santos was then given five minutes to recover, which is not part of the unified rules of MMA. After nearly 10 minutes, nobody had any idea what was going on. Even after the five-minute rest period, there was still massive confusion between Santos’ corner and the ONE officials. After a huge mess, the fight ended in a no-contest.

FULL RESULTS

Mark Striegl def. Casey Suire via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 3:48
Anatpong Bunrad def. Geje Eustaquio via decision (2-1)
Eugene Toquero def. Brianata Rosadhi via TKO (strikes) Round 1, 3:41
Edward Kelly def. Jimmy Yabo via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 4:05
Amir Khan def. Bashir Ahmad via TKO (doctor stoppage due to a cut) Round 3, 3:20
Liu Xiao Yang def. Nicholas Lee via knockout (punch) Round 1, 1:59
Wang Ya Wei def. Sunoto Peringkat via TKO (punches) Round 3, 1:21

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