BEN ASKREN RUMORS & GOSSIP

No Gold for Ben Askren . . . yet!

Ben Askren will indeed be making his appearance at ONE FC’s Honor and Glory.  However, he will not be taking on current welterweight champion, Nobutatsu Suzuki, as fans had previously thought.  Instead, “The Funky One” will face Azerbaijani wrestler, Bakhtiyar Abbasov, who will also be making his ONE debut at Honor and Glory. Askren fans may not relish waiting for their hero’s...
Via Fight Of The Night
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Cui: Ben Askren’s Arrival In ONE FC Is A Monumental Achievement

After last year’s unsuccessful attempt to join the UFC, it appears Bellator’s former welterweight champion has not only found a home at ONE FC, but has been enthusiastically welcomed by its CEO, Victor Cui. According to an article in Singapore’s TodayOnline, Cui told reporters that: “Singapore is a hotbed for MMA, and [Ben] Askren will bring more global attention to the country...
Via Fight Of The Night
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Ben Askren Soar or Bore in ONE FC?

In a recent interview with USA Today Sports, ONE FC welterweight and former Bellator champion, Ben Askren, told reporters that he hopes he “can help ONE FC grow into a global power.” But can he? While Askren is notable for being one of only a handful of non-UFC fighters to make it into Sherdog’s top ten MMA rankings, he has also been repeatedly criticized for his “boring”...
Via Fight Of The Night
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

White: 'No interest' in Ben Askren

Former Olympian Ben Askren is now officially a free agent with the ability to sign with any promotion, but the UFC will not be one of his suitors. Bellator formally announced on Thursday that they were releasing Askren from his contract along with waiving any and all matching rights they had to the most dominant welterweight champion the promotion has ever had. Despite his new...
Via Fox Sports
November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Bellator Grants Welterweight Champion Ben Askren Unconditional Release

Bellator MMA crowned Ben Askren welterweight champion in 2010 and since that time, Askren has compiled a perfect 12-0 record.  He honored his contract but one would assume a current champion would resign with their current promotion, maybe even get a raise, but that wasn’t the case in this scenario. Bellator and Askren have been unable to reach an agreement and he has been released...
Via BlackSportsOnline
November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Askren Gets His Release From Bellator

All Ben Askren wanted to do after he completed his contract with Bellator was to go to the UFC. Now he will get that chance as Bellator has released the now former welterweight champion. It was a weird road to get to this point for Askren. “Funky” completed the last fight on his Bellator in July when he stopped Andrey Koreshkov by TKO. The UFC was reluctant to offer Askren a...
Via Between The Ropes
November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Askren says that anyone who thinks GSP is the best wrestler in MMA is “insane.”

This is a tough one. Maybe GSP is the best wrestler because he implements wrestling along with the rest of his game… and… Ah, I got nothing. I personally believe Ben Askren is the best wrestler in MMA. It’s pretty obvious in fact. No one has dominated foes and opponents quite like Askren, and he knows it too: “The notion that he’s the best wrestler is insane to me. He...
Via Fight Hub TV
August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

News: Bellator Champ Ben Askren Claims He Has Only Been Drug Tested Once

Bellator fighters continue to come out with interesting comments regarding their organization, with the latest being a drug-testing related comment from welterweight champ Ben Askren. The undefeated champ took to twitter earlier today claiming that he has only been drug tested once by the organization. Just read the article on why Bellator fighters don’t fail drug tests.Hard to...
Via The Flying Knee MMA
May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Bellator 86 Results: Askren manhandles Karl Amoussou

"He's (Askren) just a *****, he's not even a fighter." - Karl Amoussou Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament victor Karl "Psycho" Amoussou talked a big game heading into his title fight with the "Funky" one. Like everyone before him, Amoussou would have you believe that he would be the one to stop Askren's takedowns, he would be the...
Via hov-mma
January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Askren vs. Karl Amoussou, King Mo’s debut confirmed for Bellator 86

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed on Tuesday that welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren will meet Karl “Psycho” Amoussou at Bellator 86 on Januaray 24th. In addition, the event will also feature the debut of former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. The undefeated Askren (10-0) captured the Bellator welterweight title in 2010 with a...
Via MMA Interplay
December 11, 2012  |  Discuss
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