Originally Posted by MIZjitsZOU
I think he is trying to evolve. Most of us have probably seen the video of him rolling with marcello garcia. Once he starts showing some of his jits he will be more exciting (if he shows it?). I really think he will get a chance to show it against Amasou (who I like) b/c I think Karl will gas and hopefully Ben will try to submit him.
I do have a friend who was in the fight game who knows a guy (I know that sounds dumb but I am close to the university) that says Askren hates getting hit in sparring. Like so much that he stops sparring when it happens. Just a rumor.
Sounds believable. Look at Michael Chandler for example, another wrestler but the guy loves striking. I also remember watching Hendo's first fight, he was totally reckless and loved to brawl even when he had no idea how to strike. Some guys just don't like striking.
Working on his BJJ sounds like a natural progression, I just mean when he says he's not going to change his style it sounds short sighted. If a guy has no ability to threaten on the feet, it makes defending takedowns against him much easier. Askren has a pretty unique style that lets him get takedowns from very weird positions which has allowed him to have a lot of success. But realistically, I think Michael Chandler would KO him if he moved up to WW to try to get another belt.