Though tolerably controversial,
Prior to the bout, fans had seen a little bit of bad blood going on between Askren and White since the former Bellator and ONE contender confronted the UFC honcho during the weigh-ins, even refusing to take his handshake.
Askren Vs Lawler
Speaking about the initial onslaught of his UFC career, Askren took in
Now, it seems like the tables have turned for White and the traded fighter. In a recent interview, the UFC chief aired a mouthful of commendation to the welterweight phenom.
“Askren has been fun,” White told Yahoo Sports.
Askren has racked up an impressive 19-0 record in his 10-year professional mixed martial arts career. For this, White thinks it’s a great time to have the undefeated ‘Funky’ on his welterweight roster.
“This guy’s smart, he’s funny, he likes to mix it up with everybody in a fun way, too. So it’s been good. I’m glad he’s here. Timing is everything in life and this was the perfect time for Ben Askren to be in the UFC,” he continued.
He also revealed that he wants the 34-year-old to do a rematch with Lawler.
“I’m trying to make the Lawler rematch. First of all, that fight was awesome, it was fun, it was controversial but it’s the fight to make right now. It’s terrible when that [controversy] happens. That’s the fight we want to make.”
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 3, 2019
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