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  • 12-04-2013, 07:31 AM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    I thought he was saying lol to the fact that it said "in Ben Askren" like a gay joke haha.
    I guess I missed that

  • 12-03-2013, 10:43 PM
    IceCold48
    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Name a bigger one
    I thought he was saying lol to the fact that it said "in Ben Askren" like a gay joke haha.
  • 12-03-2013, 09:40 PM
    Cat--Smasher

    Askren to fight in One FC

    Ariel Helwani received a round about confirmation of sorts:

    ‏Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
    I asked ONE FC CEO Victor Cui if it's true they signed Askren. "We will have some huge news to announce in the next few days ..." he said.
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...ght-in-One-FC/
  • 12-01-2013, 03:34 PM
    KevoOnTheRadio
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    I lol'd
    Name a bigger one
  • 12-01-2013, 03:08 PM
    Fe1
    MMA's top free agent in Ben Askren
    I lol'd
  • 12-01-2013, 01:24 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Bellator champ Ben Askren joins Evolve MMA

    MMA's top free agent in Ben Askren (12-0) has yet to announce his plans to sign with a promotion, but he has already found a new home in Asia as the Bellator champ has now joined the famed Evolve MMA team in Singapore.

    The camp boasts one of the most stacked roster of world champion coaches and fighters from several disciplines, and having a US Olympian and multiple time NCAA Division I wrestling champ surely boosts their already impressive line up. Apart from having Askren round out his MMA game by training with some of the very best Muay Thai fighters of this generation, this could also be very beneficial to the MMA fighters at the Evolve Fight Team, which includes ONE FC Champ Shinya Aoki, along with other Asian stars and UFC fighters such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Leandro Issa.

    As we've been told, Askren will still be a part of Roufusport and will be splitting training with Duke Roufus in the US, and Evolve MMA in Singapore during fight camps. Word of his signing first sprung up on twitter, and BloodyElbow.com has since confirmed the news with Evolve MMA founder, Chatri Sityodtong.

    "Without a doubt, Ben Askren is one of the best welterweights on the planet today. I am lucky to call him a friend, and blessed to now welcome him to the Evolve Fight Team," Sityodtong tells us, "Duke Roufus is one of the best MMA coaches on the planet, and together we will do everything in our power to make Ben the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world."

    "Evolve MMA has the largest instructor team in Asia and the most number of world champions of any martial arts organization on Earth. Heath Sims and I will make sure that Ben has all the resources he needs to succeed. Welcome to Evolve MMA!"
  • 11-30-2013, 12:07 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    UFC president’s suggestion to Ben Askren? Go to WSOF

    “I wasn’t even going to say this, because it sounds like I’m just s—ting on them, but there’s just no competition for him over at Bellator,” White told MMAjunkie. “There’s competition for him at World Series of Fighting. This kid will probably sign with them. I don’t know (since) they’ve got to come to an agreement and a deal. But if he does, there’s actual competition for him there.”
    “There’s actual competition for him there,” White said. “I think it’s crazy that he’s ranked in the top 10. He hasn’t fought anybody and has no challenges. The best thing that could’ve ever happened to that kid was leaving Bellator. Now he has the opportunity to go to World Series of Fighting and show what he’s got.”
  • 11-26-2013, 09:21 AM
    Hawkeye
    If the UFC signs him; i will not attend or buy the fight.
    When i wanna watch pure grappling ill watch reruns of olympic wrestling.
    This askren dude just needs to go away.
    Ben, Fight or fuck off and i think i speak for many when i say we dont really give a shit which of those you choose.


    H.
  • 11-25-2013, 04:28 PM
    IceCold48
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    If I were in Dana's shoes, I wouldn't let him fight for free. That would give him too much attention from the media and that's just what this troll wants. If the UFC were to sign him and his pay wasn't an issue, they would be wise to make sure he's paid the Facebook money.
    That is my point though. All of that attention will generate a ton of hype. People claim that nobody wants to see him fight yet at the same time all of those people are saying i cant wait for him to get his ass kicked. if askren continues to piss off the fans in the fashion he has, i think him against rory would get a lot of hype with many cheering for rory(who doesnt have the fan base i believe the ufc expected him to have at this point)
  • 11-25-2013, 03:43 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/11/2...lease-mma-news
    Douglas Lima ‘surprised’ by Bellator’s release of Ben Askren
    "I was kind of (surprised) because he was the undefeated champion and a really tough fighter," Lima told MMAFighting.com. "But he didn’t sell his fights because of his fighting style and I think that’s really important for the promotion. I believe that’s the reason why Bellator didn’t want to fight that much for him."

    Askren told The MMA Hour he wants to join the UFC to fight the best in the world, but UFC president Dana White is not interested.

    "I don’t know if it was good or bad for him (to leave Bellator)," Lima said. "I don’t have anything against him and I wish him the best. But I know UFC will sign him."

    Lima’s only loss over the last 14 bouts was to Askren at Bellator 64, and he doesn’t sound upset with the fact that he won’t be able to avenge the loss.

    "It doesn’t matter for me if he’s in or out of Bellator," he said. "Either way, I’m going to fight for the title. That’s my goal. Whoever it is, I’ll be ready.

    "It’s not my fault that he’s out of Bellator and I just want my shot at the title. People can say whatever they want. They can say that (Askren) is the real champion after I beat Hawn, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I just want to beat whoever they put in front of me."

    Still recovering from a hand surgery, Lima watched Rick Hawn’s knockout win over Ron Keslar at the season 9 welterweight tournament final on Nov. 22.

    Riding a four-fight win streak with four knockouts, Lima anticipates a good match-up with the fellow tournament winner.

    "I expected a more competitive fight," he said. "I didn’t know much about Keslar but I saw that he’s tough and has good jiu-jitsu. But Hawn was the favorite and showed it why in the fight. It was a beautiful knockout and made me more excited to fight for the title against him. It’s going to be a great fight for the fans, I can assure you that."

    "My dream is to win that title," Lima continued. "I’ve lost my first attempt and that made me hungrier. I won’t stop now. I’m a man on a mission and I will accomplish it. It’s a dream for me. I’m the MFC champion and I want to do the same at Bellator. I will bring this title home for myself, my family and fans."
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