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Askren Focusses Attention On Darren Till For UFC Debut

Ben Askren

Ben Askren has focussed his attention on Darren Till as the man he wants to fight for his UFC debut after the 34-year-old has more or less publically called out all of the top-ranked fighters in the 170lb division. 

Georges St-Pierre, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Diaz brothers; they have all come under the scope of Askren’s Twitter bashing but he has spoken on his own podcast today where he admitted a bout with GSP or Nurmagomedov is unlikely.

“I’m hoping I get matched up with this Englishman named Darren Till,” Askren said on his podcast hosted by Rudis.

“He just fought for the world title, he’s ranked No. 2. I had a little Twitter fight with him. I think he’s significantly overrated. I would like to fight him.

Ben Askren

“I’m willing to go to London to fight him. So we will see what happens with that.”

Askren continued:

“My No. 1 and 2 would be GSP and Khabib and I know there’s no way in hell I’m getting either one of those two first round,” he said.

It is understood that Askren is set to fly to New York this week to meet with UFC executives to sign a contract with the UFC as his current deal with the One Championship expires in a couple of months.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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