Askren Would Ask Blessing Before Fighting Usman
While Colby Covington seems to be in-line for a UFC welterweight title shot, it seems that Ali Abdelaziz has other ideas for his newly crowned champion, Kamaru Usman.
Abdelaziz, who manages Usman, called out Ben Askren on Sunday night as the first challenger to Usman, who won the title from Tyron Woodley at UFC 235.
Less than a day after Covington was anointed the first title challenger, he and Usman got into it on the floor of a Vegas Casino, with Covington claiming Abdelaziz threatened to “shoot and kill” the American Top Team fighter.
If so, that would the the third time Covington had been passed up for a title opportunity, the first in the fall of 2018, when Darren Till would step in for Covington after he elected to undergo sinus surgery, the second being at UFC 235, when Usman would be picked to face Woodley, and if Askren is next, this could signal the end of “Chaos” in the Octagon/g partners. And Woodley is eyeing a rematch — if not right away, in the near future — against Usman for the belt.
“I thought Colby and Marty was announced [Saturday] night,” Askren said to reporters on Sunday, calling Usman by his old “Marty” nickname. “Look, listen, if Colby gets screwed again, I’ve got no issue with that. Colby is a jabronie. This was a path that I haven’t even gone down, because I didn’t really see a scenario where Tyron lost to Marty. So I hadn’t even started thinking this way. And now that he’s calling me out, I probably have to talk to Tyron a little bit and see where we go from there.”
The 34-year-old Askren made his debut at UFC 235 in a controversial submission win over Robbie Lawler, who along with Dana White have called for a rematch. Askren is looking to move right along in the division.
While the winner of the UFC London fight between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal may be next for him, Askren would be open to being Usman’s first opponent, but only with Woodley’s blessing.
“Yeah, I would consult Tyron first,” Askren said. “But as long as he kind of gave his blessing, yeah. Of course.”
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