Ben Askren set to take on Shinya Aoki in retirement fight

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Ben Askren will step inside the cage for the last time in November.

The ONE Championship welterweight kingpin will take on former lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at the promotion’s upcoming event in Singapore on Nov. 24, Evolve MMA founder Chatri Sityodtong announced on his Facebook page.

According to Sityodtong, this will be Askren’s last MMA fight before he becomes an executive at ONE.

Aoki (39-7, 1 no-contest) will compete at welterweight for the second time in his career, eight years after losing to Hayato Sakurai at the DREAM welterweight tournament. The Japanese star holds a 5-1 record under the ONE banner.

Askren (17-0) is a former Bellator 170-pound champion with three title defenses inside the ONE cage. “Funky's" latest bout took place Saturday in Shanghai, when he dominated and finished Zebaztian Kadestam.

Sityodtong also announced a rematch between strawweight champion Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi, who meet again a little over a year after the first bout, a five-round classic that ended with Lee taking the title from the Japanese veteran.

Lee (8-0) has already fought twice in 2017, defending the belt with a pair of finishes against Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes, while Yamaguchi (16-10-1) enters the title bout coming off a second-round submission victory over Huang.
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