Usman-Askren Talk Smack At UFC 235 Presser

While Kamaru Usman is fighting Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, another top welterweight got his attention at Thursday’s Press conference.

According to UFC’s latest big-name signing, Ben Askren, Usman threatened him prior to the presser.

“Marty tried attacking me 20 minutes ago,” Askren said.

“Threatened him? See, that’s different,” Usman said. “It’s not threatened. There’s no threats. Why do I need to threaten somebody for?”

“I knew this dude, we trained together at the Olympic training center. He was ‘Marty’ then,” Askren said.

“I didn’t even come at him when I got to the UFC because I liked him. I thought he was a good dude. Listen, the opportunity came up at UFC 233, Tyron was hurt … Colby and Marty were supposed to fight each other. Colby got scared, he’s a little b*tch — pardon my language — so I said listen, this is an opportunity. I’m here to fight the best guys. He’s a pretty damn good fighter. So I said let’s get in there for the title.”

“My thing is, if you’re going to talk online,” Usman said of Askren calling Usman out upon his signing with the UFC. “If you’re going to come at me with a certain energy, when you see me on-site, keep that certain energy. That’s it. That’s it. That’s all I am.”

“Young man, congratulations,” Usman said. “You made it here. You get to be up here with your favorite fighters. Maybe after this we can all sign something for you so you can take it home to your family, OK? Congratulations, you made it here. You know what, you should be worried about that man over there. Do you know who you are fighting? Be worried. Pay attention to that man. I’m fighting for the UFC welterweight title. And on March 2nd, I will be the new welterweight champion, and at that point you can come talk to me.”

“I think he’s confused on what we do,” Asken said. “We don’t play basketball or wrestling, we get in the cage and fight each other. So threatening me backstage is what I volunteered for. I volunteered for that.”


Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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