Askren Welcomes Covington, Won’t Fight Woodley

Ben Askren has many names on his UFC opponent wish list, one that will never be on there is current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Askren and Woodley were college teammates at the University of Missouri and are currently training and cornering for one another.

“Me and Tyron aren’t fighting, it’s simple,” Askren told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “We are not fighting. We are not fighting — no.”

In the meantime, the former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion has called out names such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre.

“I think there’s a lot of scenarios in which I get to prove how good I am, and we don’t fight,” Askren said of ways he and Woodley can dominate the UFC without ever standing toe-to-toe. “They could create the 165, 175 [divisions]. I think that’s a possibility. It’s almost like the UFC is pushing back a little bit despite how much all the fighters realize it would be beneficial to us. If it were up to the fighters, they’d probably create that division tomorrow, right?

“Dana White said, ‘We’ll never have women fighting in UFC.’ And then they came upon a star named Ronda Rousey and damn, they created the division. Well, maybe the same thing is happening here. Maybe they don’t think Kevin Lee or Dustin Poirier is a big enough star. Sure, they’re great fighters. Maybe they’re waiting for ‘Funky’ Ben to come and get down. Maybe that’s what they’re waiting for.”

While Askren waits for new weights, he will most likely have to face top contenders in the division, one of which being Colby Covington, who Askren does not think highly of.

“My objection is he’s a moron,” Askren said of Covington.

 “His lines are written for him, his wrestling s***s. And he’s appealing to the lowest common denominator of MMA fans. The people who are writing his lines are realizing the stupid shit people will react to and then he’s saying it. There’s just a much more eloquent way to say things. And it’s like if you’re so dumb and you’re so desperate that you’ve gotta play the Donald Trump card to get people interested in it — because that does get people interested in 2018. If you look at any news source, everything revolves around what Donald Trump says, right?”

Askren claims he is in the UFC to prove himself and is not looking to duck any challenge en-route to show that he is in an elite class of fighter.

“We didn’t know [before],” Askren said. “We don’t know if I was as good as I say I am. Nobody knows. We haven’t seen it. Everybody wants a finality, everyone wants closure and we didn’t have closure on this. And now we’re gonna get closure.

“And for me, I didn’t want to protect my record. I don’t give a damn about my record. I want to go and fight the best guys in the world and show people I’m the best. And hey, if something doesn’t go my way — I don’t think that’s gonna happen, I realize that’s a possibility in competition and that’s what happens. But we’re gonna get some finality, we’re gonna get some closure and we’re gonna see what’s going down.”

Askren, who has taken nearly a decade to get into the UFC, would coincidentally focus on putting a “time limit” on success in his latest “Mental Mondays” video for the Rudis wrestling-ware brand.

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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