Georges St-Pierre had many controversial statements during his interview in MMA Hour. After he claimed that Dana White couldn’t control his fighting future, he issued a shocking statement that he won’t face Ben Askren because “nobody knows who he is”.
Despite his fight with ulcerative colitis is coming to an end, and his health was improved, GSP continues to shock the UFC world. If he decides to return to the UFC, the promotion will surely have few notable names to offer, but some athletes who withdrew can also be a great choice to elevate GSP’s rating.
Ben Askren had his eyes on Georges St-Pierre, but French-Canadian superstar claims he won’t fight with an unknown fighter. He claims nobody knew who Ben Askren is, and he has never competed for the UFC. (quoted by MMAMania.com)
“Ben Askren, I don’t understand why he’s not in UFC, because he’s one of the best welterweights in the world,” St-Pierre said on The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting. “I think it has to do with maybe a problem that he has with Dana White, but he’s one of the best fighters in the world. And if there’s a guy that in my career, for my legacy, that would have been good to fight, it would have been Ben Askren, because he beat everybody. He beat all the guys in Bellator. He beat all the champions outside of the UFC. But unfortunately, I think he had a fallout with Dana and he never had the chance to fight in the UFC. And therefore, his stock never went to the value that it’s supposed to be at,” said St-Pierre, who quickly reminded fight fans that MMA is, after all, a money-making business.
“He’s a guy who’s extremely, extremely talented, a very dangerous guy, but nobody knows who he is because he’s never been exposed to the public. But he’s very good. In order to have a fight with me, I would have liked him to be exposed to the public so his stock goes up, so if I fight him, at least it’s a win-win situation. Otherwise you fight a guy who’s extremely dangerous who nobody cares about, who nobody knows who he is. It’s sad, but that’s the real way to look at it. And the reason why I’m saying that in your interview now is because I want people to be aware of who he is, I want him to have a chance to fight in the UFC, to go fight against the big dogs, the big boys of the sport, and I think he’s in certainly the top five, maybe the top three in the welterweight division.”
Askren retired from competing as a former The ONE Champion with a score of 18-0-1. Georges St-Pierre blames Dana White cause Askren had never got a chance to fight inside the Octagon.
Ben Askren claimed he would return to the UFC if he is given a chance to face Georges St-Pierre. Looks like this isn’t going to happen. Joe Rogan, the UFC commentator, said he would mediate a sit-down with White and Ben, to try to sort things out and get a deal done. But we don’t know whether Dana White will accept this. What do you think, will Georges St-Pierre face Ben Askren?