Askren last defended his title against Luis Santos last April, which ended in a no-contest when Askren accidentally eye-poked Santos, who was unable to continue.
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ONE: Global Rivals takes place April 24th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila of The Philippines.
“We’re always excited for Manila because Filipino fans are so passionate about mixed martial arts that everything just comes naturally! The atmosphere and the excitement in Manila on fight night is truly unparalleled and we anticipate the same when we arrive in April.,” CEO Victor Cui said. “We have an excellent matchup prepared for fight fans as Ben Askren meets Nikolay Aleksakhin, and we expect nothing less than the absolute best in world-class mixed martial arts action.”