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Ben Askren Issues Challenges To Khabib, GSP, Diaz Brothers & Till

Ben Askren has continued his attack on the UFC roster, this time taking aim at some of the sport’s biggest stars ahead of his eagerly awaited UFC debut.

It hasn’t exactly been confirmed yet but if we’re judging based on what we’re hearing from practically everyone bar Dana White and the UFC themselves, it does appear as though the unprecedented trade-off between the UFC’s Demetrious Johnson and ONE Championship’s Ben Askren is more-or-less a done-deal.

If you aren’t aware of who the unbeaten welterweight Askren is, take a look at our handy guide.

The reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wasn’t been afraid to let the world know exactly how good his sparring partner is.

Speaking to MMANytt, welterweight champion Woodley made it clear that the UFC have a different beast on their hands with the unbeaten former Bellator and ONE Championship strap-holder.

“Khabib is a ‘G’ but Khabib ain’t never fought nobody like Ben. He never fought anybody like Ben.

“His style is one of scrambling, one of static strength, one of consistency, pressure, and ground and pound is ridiculous, jiu-jitsu is ridiculous, wrestling is ridiculous.

“GSP would never stand a chance against Ben. Ben thrives against guys’ offensive onslaughts and GSP’s whole thing was always timing.

“I’m excited to see.”

Yesterday, Askren took to Twitter to lay into half of the UFC’s roster, attacking some of the men who he could potentially be sharing the octagon with in the future.

Since then, Ben has gone after some of the biggest stars in the sport, starting with the brothers Diaz.

The man seemingly cannot wait to get going it seems.

Darren Till was up next. If you know anything about the UFC 228 headliner, you’ll know that he wasn’t going to sit back and allow the promotional newbie to take his shots freely.

Till vs. Askren would certainly tick all of the boxes necessary for such an eagerly anticipated debut – not to mention the fact that it’s an incredibly intriguing stylistic clash.

The legendary Georges St-Pierre has been linked to a fight with Ben for years now and sure enough, he was the next to fall into his sights.

Then, he moved onto perhaps the most dominant grappler in MMA today, Khabib Nurmagomedov, challenging him to a showdown at 165lbs.

Well, say what you want about his trash-talk, he has certainly added another layer to the already very interesting 170lb division.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena




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