Ben Askren Calls Out Dana White After Stopping Robbie Lawler At UFC 235

Ben Askren lived through his baptism of fire after stopping Robbie Lawler at the first round of his UFC debut in Las Vegas. The fruit of the first-ever mixed martial arts trade between two of the largest MMA promotions is now calling out the UFC boss. 

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The 34-year-old welterweight was able to survive the initial onslaught of his UFC career after recovering from nearly getting knocked out at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. He scored a first-round submission victory against Lawler at the 3:20 mark via bulldog choke.

Askren Vs Lawler

In the middle of the first round, Lawler landed a dozen unanswered blows at Askren who seemed to take in the punishment. Despite this, he was able to get back to his feet blood-soaked.

After a few exchanges and clinching up against the fence, Askren goes for a bulldog choke that made referee Herb Dean wave the fight off at the 3:20 mark of the first round.

Despite getting off his debut fight with the victory, the start of Askren’s UFC walk happened a bit messy and controversial. He called out a plethora of fighters to welcome him in the Octagon before getting finally paired up against Lawler.

Best He’s Got

‘Funky’ and White have a bit of bad blood going on between them as the native of Arizona confronted the UFC boss during the UFC 235 weigh-ins prior to refusing to take his handshake.

According to the former undefeated Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight king, Dana White hasn’t talked to him yet before the ceremonial weigh-ins so he seemed to capitalize on the opportunity at UFC 235.

After winning his welterweight match against Lawler, Askren called out the UFC boss with a brief question:

“Hey Dana, is that really the best you got? Bring ’em baby!” 

Up-to-the-Minute UFC 235 Results

Main Card

Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith — Jones def. Smith by unanimous decision (48-44 x3)
Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman — Usman def. Woodley by unanimous decision (50-44 x2, 50-45)
Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren — Askren def. Lawler by technical submission (bulldog choke) at 3:20 of Round One
Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang — Zhang def. Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz — Munhoz def. Garbrandt by TKO (punches) 4:52 of Round One

Undercard 

Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov — Magomedsharipov def. Stephens by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Johnny Walker vs. Misha Cirkunov — Walker def. Cirkunov by TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:36 of Round One
Alejandro Perez vs. Cody Stamann — Stamann def. Perez by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez — Sanchez def. Gall by TKO (elbows and punches) at 4:13 of Round Two
Charles Byrd vs. Edmen Shahbazyan — Shahbazyan def. Byrd by TKO (elbows and punches) at 0:38 of Round One
Macy Chiasson vs. Gina Mazany — Chiasson def. Mazany by KO (punches) at 1:49 of Round One
Hannah Cifers vs. Polynna Viana — Cifers def. Viana by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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