Ben Askren has already made his presence felt in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Following the historic trade last year that sent flyweight great Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship in exchange of Askren, “Funky” went to a callout spree and warned almost the entire welterweight division about his arrival.
Earlier this month, the former ONE and Bellator undefeated champion finally made his debut and essayed a dramatic come-from-behind win against ex-champ Robbie Lawler.
Now that he has barged into the win column, Askren is poised to take on a bigger name and a higher ranked welterweight in his next outing.
But with his insatiable appetite for success, Askren is eyeing to dominate not just the 170-pound class, but also the inaugural 165-pound and he has been serious in campaigning for a clash with reigning lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, in this division.
According to him, this fight makes a lot of sense as it going to check a lot of boxes.
— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) March 11, 2019
Ben Askren appeared in his first fight in the UFC cage last March 3, when he clashed with Robbie Lawler in the main card of the heavily-stacked UFC 235.
The animated fighter overcame a slow start to defeat the former welterweight king in a controversial stoppage.
But a win is a win for Askren, and after this victory, he immediately went back to his old ways, which is savaging fighters in social media.
He continued his ongoing feud with Darren Till and had another beef, this time, with Nate Diaz.
He also continued to campaign for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the inaugural 165-pound.
In late January, Askren has claimed that he will be fighting the Russian champ in a title fight at 165 and has vowed to become a big bothering for Khabib.
“Just heard what Team Khabib said, he will find his levels when he can’t get off his back and I am big brothering him. Will fight [email protected] 165lb title in October/November of this year.”
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) January 26, 2019
This response came after Nurmagomedov dismissed a potential fight with Askren and said that he has to show his worth first in the UFC.
Checks A Lot Of Boxes
In an interview with the media at UFC London, Askren explained why the fight with Khabib at 165 would be a guaranteed barnburner. (Quotes from MMA Junkie)
“If there’s some way I could make that happen next, I would make it happen … I don’t think I can, right?”
“I think I’m like one or two fights away from that happening.”
“But that is something that would be an awesome fight: great storyline, both undefeated, the USA vs Russia thing always plays.”
“And then you also got like the best wrestler in MMA type of thing playing. So you would have a whole lot of angles to play. That fight would be a lot of fun.”
(Featured Image Source: Twitter/RDX Sports and Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov)