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Ben Askren Comes Out Firing, Puts UFC Roster On Blast

Ben Askren isn’t taking too long to settle into the UFC roster, foreshadowing his official unveiling by calling out several of the promotion’s biggest stars.

Yesterday came the news that the UFC and ONE FC were close to setting up an unprecedented trade deal that would see the former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and the semi-retired unbeaten former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren switch places.

If you need to brush up on your Ben, we broke down the trade, his history with Dana White and the danger he poses to the 170lb in our handy introduction to the unbeaten former ONE champion.

No official announcement has come from either party but with everyone from Askren and Johnson to ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong posting tweets that would indicate it’s a done-deal, I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing both men switching it up by 2019.

Askren wasted no time in calling out some of the current UFC roster via his Twitter page, letting them know straight off the bat that they were in trouble.

Askren has for years been seen as the best fighter in the sport outside of the UFC and now, at 34-years-old, he will finally get his opportunity to test himself on the world’s biggest stage.

First came a clear poke at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Then, it was on to the divisive interim-champion Colby Covington and contenders Mike Perry and Jorge Masvidal.

And then came this absolute gem directed at former title-challenger Darren Till.

The former ONE and Bellator champion will bring his phenomenal grappling with him into the octagon and while he has garnered something of a reputation among the uninitiated as a ‘boring’ fighter, seven of his last eight wins have been by way of finish – five from strikes and two submissions.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

 

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