Listen, Ben Askren defeats every welterweight in the UFC right now. The only guy he would’ve had a problem with is GSP, and he’s gone. Hell, if Ben Askren wanted, he could probably make 155 and take the belt over there in that division with no problem. The people who call him boring can’t feel the funk, and those who are just currently realizing his greatness should’ve been faking the funk, because Ben is the real deal.
Ben Askren walked through everyone in Bellator, and now he’s the ONE FC champion. Somehow, he keeps getting better, and his skills on the mic are starting to equal his skill on the mat. Ben gets it. He may be a ‘boring wrestler’ but his domination is undeniable, and his natural heel persona makes you care about his fight, whether you’re cheering or booing.
The UFC denied him a spot in the big leagues when he first left Bellator, but Dana White said after UFC 177 that Ben Askren could get a shot in his promotion if he, “kept winning.” This led Ben Askren to offer up a facetious response and tag Dana in the tweet, like a man.
MMA needs Ben Askren in the UFC. He’s the people’s champion most fans reject.
And the irony of having the comment section down (we’re upgrading the site) for an article like this isn’t lost on me.