Askren Views Maia As Second Best Grappler In MMA
For the first time since his five-second flash knockout by Jorge Masvidal, Ben Askren returns to not only the Octagon, but to Asia on October 26th for UFC Fight Night Singapore.
Headlining the ESPN+ broadcasted card, Askren feels whoever walks away the winner should be considered the best grappler in the sport.
“I don’t have any fear of that,” Askren told MMA Fighting of Maia’s proficiency in grappling. “That being said, I’m preparing for everything because I can’t be as aggressive with my takedown attempts. With Robbie [Lawler] or Jorge [Masvidal], I didn’t really feel like there was any danger in making poor takedown attempt whereas with Demian Maia, if I make a poor takedown attempt, I think I could pay for that.
“You’ve got to have good takedown attempts and good takedown execution. If I can’t execute that, we might have to spend a little bit more time on the feet and that’s not a big deal either.”
“This is for the best grappler in mixed martial arts,” Askren said. “I think that’s what’s on the line here. That is something I will absolutely be proud of.”
“I think when I win this fight, it puts me in a good position to call out someone else who is highly ranked and then ideally after that it would be time for a title shot,” Askren said of where he’d stand after a second win in three attempts with the UFC.
“That would be ideal but who knows. Maybe it takes one more past that.”
Report: MMA Fighting