Askren Feels McGregor, Diaz Overrated

After a successful title defense in ONE Championship, Ben Askren closed the door on his MMA career, for now. It officially made Askren one of the best fighters to never compete for the UFC. But Askren says never say never to a comeback, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan says he’ll mediate a meeting between Askren and UFC President Dana White if Askren ever wanted to join.

As reported by, it also hasn’t stopped Askren from thinking about potential bouts with some of the top UFC pay-per-view draws, including Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

“Nate Diaz sucks. I mean, yeah. [Conor] McGregor is barely the best in the world,” Askren said. “I mean, the guy beat up Nate Diaz barely a couple of times and Nate Diaz himself is a very mediocre UFC fighter. There is no way you can argue that sentiment because all you have to do is look at [Diaz’s] record. The record shows he’s a very middle-of-the-road UFC fighter, he’s a .500 guy.”

“And you know McGregor, he lands a couple of good punches against Eddie Alvarez. Is he good? Sure, but I’d like to see him defend his belt, he’s never defended his belt ever. But sure, if McGregor wanted to fight me – I don’t know, is he the best in the world?”

Askren furthermore mentioned, and has mentioned in a prior edition of The MMA Hour, if he were to come to the UFC, he’d want a fight with Georges St Pierre, who is currently on the shelf with colitis.

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