Ben Askren in UFC: Who hasn’t he called out?

Undefeated ONE Championship welterweight Ben ‘Funky’ Askren (18-0-0-1NC) is wasting no time in setting up possible fights for his apparent switch to the UFC, provoking online reactions from the most high profile welterweights in the promotion.

If anyone was doubtful of recent claims of a trade between the UFC and ONE Championship – with the grappler coming to the UFC in exchange for former flyweight champ Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson – then Askren has more or less confirmed this by his recent activity on Twitter.

He poked fun at #2 Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till (17-1-0) for his recent loss against Welterweight champ Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley.

Had Till not lost his title shot against Woodley at UFC 228 in Austin, Texas in September 2018, he and Askren would have had an identical unbeaten record.

On the controversial short-time Interim welterweight champ and now #1 contender Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington (14-1-0), he said:

Covington said in an interview with Submission Radio; “The guy’s a joke. He’s not on my level. He knows it. He’s old, he’s past his time too, man. And this is my time now.”

He also told flocombat.com this:

“He’s trying to prove himself by calling me out but I’m America’s champ. My skills got me to the White House. Where the hell has that loser ever been? Nowhere. He’s not been anywhere. Where have his skills taken him? Malaysia? That’s really cool. He ain’t ready for the big cities and the bright lights. I just sold out the United Center like Michael Jordan. 15,000 plus were on their feet in Chicago to witness greatness.

That needle dick can’t get 15 people into an Asian bingo hall. They gave him away for a midget for Christ’s sake. There are levels to this shit.”

Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry (12-3-0) had a dig at Askren‘s wrestling which was met with a predictable response:

#9 Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal (32-13-0) also got involved in the smack talk:

Alan ‘Brahma’ Jouban (16-6-0) warned Askren that his reputation for wrestling isn’t something to worry about:

Not everyone talking about Askren on Twitter is trying to downplay his UFC move – SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh had nice things to say about him:

Lightweight Michael Chiesa seems to be a fan:

If you were wondering what Demetrious Johnson has to say, this short tweet shows an optimistic Mighty Mouse:

Liam Dickson
liam.dickson@hotmail.co.uk

From Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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