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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Ben Askren: UFC Wants Me to Lose to Robbie Lawler

Ever since joining the UFC roster, Ben Askren has turned up the volume of his rhetoric toward the UFC welterweight roster. He has gone out of his way to call out everyone in the top five of the division except for his close friend and training partner …

Ever since joining the UFC roster, Ben Askren has turned up the volume of his rhetoric toward the UFC welterweight roster. He has gone out of his way to call out everyone in the top five of the division except for his close friend and training partner Tyron Woodley and the man the UFC ultimately […]

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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233 in January

A huge welterweight showdown is being targeted for UFC 233 as Ben Askren is expected to make his Octagon debut against former champion Robbie Lawler. Sources close to the contest confirmed the news on Monday following an initial report from UFC Dana Wh…

A huge welterweight showdown is being targeted for UFC 233 as Ben Askren is expected to make his Octagon debut against former champion Robbie Lawler. Sources close to the contest confirmed the news on Monday following an initial report from UFC Dana White via ESPN. At this time, the fight has been offered and verbally […]

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Mike Perry Sets Sights On Two Big Names If He Beats Donald Cerrone

Mike Perry is already looking his next potential fight if he gets past “Cowboy”

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Mike Perry sets sights on two big names should he get past former title contender Donald Cerrone in his next fight. The rising prospect originally accepted this fight where there was no beef between the two former training partners. Instead, it all comes down to business.

That all changed once Cerrone had some internal drama with the gym that both fighters trained at. Now, there is some bad blood between the two sides.

Perry scored the first decision win of his career when he beat Paul Felder at UFC 226, which marked his latest fight. This win also snapped back-to-back decision losses to Max Griffin and Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Mike Perry Sets Sights

During a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, Perry went on record by stating that once he knockouts Cerrone, he wants two big names at welterweight, which are Darren Till and Robbie Lawler.

“When I knock (Cerrone) out, I wasn’t sure Till could make that weight coming back down. If I can skip the line (at middleweight), we could make that fight happen, because there’s so much animosity in it already. It’s such a good fight to make. If that fight (against Till) can’t happen, I don’t see why the Robbie Lawler fight couldn’t happen. Other than Robbie Lawler and Darren Till, I don’t know what direction it goes.”

It should be noted that the UFC is targeting a fight between Lawler and Stephen Thompson for the first event in January. On the flip side, Till has made it known that he plans to move back up to the middleweight division. Thus, making these fights happen right away might turn out to be tough to be made.

UFC Denver (also known as UFC Fight Night 139) is set to take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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