Ex-US Olympic Wrestler Ben Askren to Make Debut vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 233

Fans won’t have to wait much longer for Ben Askren’s long-awaited UFC debut. The promotion announced Wednesday that Askren will face off against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on Jan…

Fans won’t have to wait much longer for Ben Askren’s long-awaited UFC debut. The promotion announced Wednesday that Askren will face off against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on Jan…

Ben Askren Q&A: New UFC Star on Move from ONE, Colby Covington Beef and More

The MMA community reacted last month when Ben Askren joined the UFC following a ” trade ” involving flyweight great Demetrious Johnson, the UFC and Askren ‘s former promotion, the Singapore-based ONE Championship…

The MMA community reacted last month when Ben Askren joined the UFC following a ” trade ” involving flyweight great Demetrious Johnson, the UFC and Askren ‘s former promotion, the Singapore-based ONE Championship…

Chael Sonnen Wonders What The Thought Process Was In Booking Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler

Chael Sonnen wants to know the story behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) decision to book Ben Askren against Robbie Lawler in “Funky’s” debut with the promotion. Askren fired off a bevy of verbal shots at a number …

Chael Sonnen wants to know the story behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) decision to book Ben Askren against Robbie Lawler in “Funky’s” debut with the promotion. Askren fired off a bevy of verbal shots at a number of UFC welterweights once word of a trade got out. ONE Championship traded Askren for Demetrious Johnson. […]

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Ben Askren Admits It Was ‘Kind of Disappointing’ to Get Robbie Lawler for UFC Debut

Ben Askren is ready to prove he’s one of the best welterweights on the planet when he makes his Octagon debut at UFC 233 but he’s admittedly a little let down with his choice of opponents. The former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweig…

Ben Askren is ready to prove he’s one of the best welterweights on the planet when he makes his Octagon debut at UFC 233 but he’s admittedly a little let down with his choice of opponents. The former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion will face Robbie Lawler on Jan. 26 in Anaheim as part […]

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Ben Askren Strongly Believes UFC Hopes Robbie Lawler Beats Him

This mindset will only drive Ben Askren even more going into this fight.

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Ben Askren strongly believes that the UFC and its President Dana White hopes that he suffers a defeat by the hands of Robbie Lawler. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is close to booking Askren vs. Lawler at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view event.

According to the former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion, he thinks that this fight selection was no accident. Instead, he thinks the Las Vegas-based promotion handpicked the former UFC welterweight champion to fight him in his promotional debut.

“He’s probably the guy in the top five with the best opportunity to beat me,” Askren told ESPN (H/T to MMaNews). “He has pretty good wrestling and he’s obviously a heavy striker. If you want someone to beat me, that’s probably the best you’ll find.”

To Askren, it’s an obvious move as they don’t want him to win under the UFC banner. However, make no mistake about it, he doesn’t take any offense to it.

“It’s obvious. They don’t want me to win. (Dana White) will deny it, but he should just come out and say, ‘I don’t like Ben Askren. I think he’s a jackass, and I want to see him get beat up.’ That’d be cool, and I would take no offense to that whatsoever.”

UFC 233 takes place on January 26, 2019 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. There’s speculation that a UFC bantamweight title bout is being targeted for this show. That fight would be between the current champion T.J. Dillashaw and current UFC Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary card will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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