MMA's top free agent in Ben Askren (12-0) has yet to announce his plans to sign with a promotion, but he has already found a new home in Asia as the Bellator champ has now joined the famed Evolve MMA team in Singapore.
The camp boasts one of the most stacked roster of world champion coaches and fighters from several disciplines, and having a US Olympian and multiple time NCAA Division I wrestling champ surely boosts their already impressive line up. Apart from having Askren round out his MMA game by training with some of the very best Muay Thai fighters of this generation, this could also be very beneficial to the MMA fighters at the Evolve Fight Team, which includes ONE FC Champ Shinya Aoki, along with other Asian stars and UFC fighters such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Leandro Issa.
As we've been told, Askren will still be a part of Roufusport and will be splitting training with Duke Roufus in the US, and Evolve MMA in Singapore during fight camps. Word of his signing first sprung up on twitter, and BloodyElbow.com has since confirmed the news with Evolve MMA founder, Chatri Sityodtong.
"Without a doubt, Ben Askren is one of the best welterweights on the planet today. I am lucky to call him a friend, and blessed to now welcome him to the Evolve Fight Team," Sityodtong tells us, "Duke Roufus is one of the best MMA coaches on the planet, and together we will do everything in our power to make Ben the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world."
"Evolve MMA has the largest instructor team in Asia and the most number of world champions of any martial arts organization on Earth. Heath Sims and I will make sure that Ben has all the resources he needs to succeed. Welcome to Evolve MMA!"
As for which promotion Askren will be joining, separate sources have informed us that his new promotion will have an announcement in the coming week. The UFC has surprisingly passed on him with Dana White recently stating that he should sign with WSOF instead, but with Askren deciding to join a top Asian camp, it only makes sense to say that the odds for a lucrative ONE FC berth just shot up.