After a week of calling various fighters out to welcome him in the Octagon, Ben Askren is finally getting a welterweight bout in the world’s most prominent promotion.
Last month, Askren became the first-ever ONE Championship fighter to man a historic trade deal with UFC, in exchange for its
After a multitude of presumptions, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that the former ONE and Bellator champ is close to getting a debut fight against former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in January.
Before this announcement, “Funky”
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
Close to Finalisation
Now, Askren’s initial UFC bout is just waiting for its finishing touches. According to Okamoto, UFC President Dana White confirmed getting it finalised for UFC 233 though no formal contracts have been signed.
“Breaking: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler targeted for UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, per Dana White. Contracts are not signed yet from what I’m told, but UFC is working on getting it finalized. Story up soon on @ESPN.”
Breaking: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler targeted for UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, per Dana White. Contracts are not signed yet from what I'm told, but UFC is working on getting it finalized. Story up soon on @ESPN.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 6, 2018
Askren Vs Lawler
Lawler (28-12, 1 NC) is coming off a decision loss against Rafael dos Anjos in December. The former champ has only fought twice since seeing Tyron Woodley seize his 170-pound title in July of 2016.
Askren (18-0, 1 NC), on the other hand, hasn’t stepped inside the cage since amazing the fans with a stoppage win against Shinya Aoki in less than a minute last November 2017.
Lots of welterweights breathing easy right about now. Don’t worry your times will come! https://t.co/8xDJwIC7VZ
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 6, 2018
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Ben Askren and Instagram/Robbie Lawler