Ben Askren Will Make UFC Debut At UFC 233 On January 26th Versus Robbie Lawler!
Ben Askren joined UFC last month as a part of one of the most historical trade between UFC and ONE FC, in exchange for Demetrious Johnson. One month later, his first UFC fight is officially set.
Ben Askren will fight Robbie Lawler at UFC 233, on January 26, 2019, in Honda Center, Anaheim, California. UFC announced it on Twitter earlier today.
— UFC (@ufc) November 28, 2018
Funky, meet Ruthless.
@Ruthless_RL welcomes @BenAskren to the Octagon at #UFC233 in Anaheim!
Ben Askren has never been defeated – his MMA score is 18 victories and one no-contest. He is the former ONE and Bellator Welterweight champion. He last fought at ONE Championship 64 where he ran Japanese submission specialist Shinya Aoki over via TKO (punches). “Funky” ended the match after only 57 seconds!
Robbie Lawler (28-12, 1 NC MMA, 12-6 UFC) is a real MMA veteran. Yet, he had ups and downs in the last three fights. At UFC 201, Tyron Woodley finished him via TKO in the first round. Lawler rebounded back with a decision victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 214. In his last match, “Ruthless” lost to Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision at UFC On Fox 26.
This is a typical fight between a striker and a grappler. Ben Askren is the former freestyle wrestling champion of the world! Robbie Lawler is one of the top strikers in UFC Welterweight division! Older fans probably remember his head kick KO versus Bobby Voelker at UFC 157 on February 23, 2013.
So, what are your thoughts? Who is going to win? Please share your comments!