ONE Championship returned home to Singapore on Friday, Nov. 13, for ONE Championship: Pride of Lions. The eight-fight card took place from the from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren was expected to make his long-awaited return to the circular cage to face veteran challenger Luis “Sapo” Santos in a rematch of their ONE Championship 26 fight. The title bout ended controversially when the challenger claimed that the undefeated Askren poked him in the eye during a wrestling exchange and the bout was ruled a no-contest. However, Santos missed weight for the rematch
As a result, ONE Championship strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke was moved to the main event in a non-title bout against undefeated prospect Yago “Codorninha” Bryan. Amnuaysirichoke has only fought five times in his mixed martial arts career, but he has already become one of the most successful high-level Muay Thai fighters to transition to the sport of MMA. Bryan was making his ONE Championship debut.