Ben Askren passes guard like cops pass through red lights in Los Angeles. I’m convinced that Ben Askren could takedown God at will, let alone any 170lber out there. I’ve scanned my mental Rolodex of other welterweights and the only names I can extract are Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley — and I would donate all the food in my refrigerator to see each of those fights. There’s a reason why Askren is ranked in our official Frate Trane list. There are few things that exist in this universe that can stop Ben Askren from putting you on your back. You, not me. It would be silly to get in the cage with this guy. I’m quite fine with my box of Devil’s Food Cookies and my DVD box set of The Golden Girls.
Askren visited Singapore this past week to roll and train with all those eccentric murderers that are housed inside Evolve MMA. While I still firmly believe that Askren is the modern-day Sakuraba, I can’t fully explain it in detail. You’re just going to be forced to take my word for it. Now check out the Bellator welterweight champion talking about his experience at Evolve MMA, the mecca of Asian mixed martial arts.