Ben Askren already has a road map slow of his head for how 2019 will go.
Askren, the undefeated former Bellator plus one Championship welterweight king, traveled into the United Kingdom this week, apparently to pick a fight with the winner of UFC London’s main event between contenders Darren Till along with Jorge Masvidal. Askren predicted that Till will emerge victorious from the contest, and it has made the Liverpudlian the prospective of the many callouts. As Askren educated fans in London on Fridayhe thinks that Till are the last step he needs to clear to earn a shot UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
“Here’s what it comes down to. It comes down to the fan push. And you guys are dipshits and you’r e booing mepersonally, but there we go, seriously — you realize the numbers don’t lie. And why that they were forced to exchange for me personally was because everybody else wanted to watch mepersonally, and that’s what it comes down to. And now after UFC 235, the numbers have been mad. So once I conquer Darren Till, the numbers goes through the roof even in England, plus they’re going to have no other choice than to put me in there and allow me to conquer Marty. ”
Askren and Till share a rivalry that began well before Askren was even traded into the UFC. The two have exchanged hundreds of shots on interpersonal networking within the past year and maybe even shared a humorous moment at Friday’s Q&A when Till emerged from behind the stage curtain along with his middle fingers raised high in the atmosphere, yelling “F*ck Ben Askren! ”
Askren’s teammate,” tyronwoodley , additionally passed Till the first loss of the Englishman’s Octagon livelihood using a second-round rout back September 2018 in UFC 228, so the history between both welterweights extends deeper than just the obvious.
Till has to date resisted Askren’s tries to goad him into a fight, instead asserting that he wants a title shot against Usman when he defeats Masvidal in UFC London on Saturday night.
Askren,” however, is already raring to move against Till — and he even has a date in mind for both welterweights to finally settle their rivalry.
“Next week. Two weeks. You know what I think? It’s a pretty great city, and now that I ’d love to invite him to Chicago on June 8th [to get UFC 238]. ”
Considering his passing popularity because his controversial UFC 235 debut against Robbie Lawler, Askren explained that he considers that a success against Till is going to soon be the last obstacle standing in his own way before he will get a shot Kamaru Usman, who’s predicted to first defend his title against interim champion Colby Covington sometime in 2013.
And once enough time comes to face off against Usman, who Askren jokingly refers to as “Marty,” the prior Olympian says that the game plan from the UFC champion will be more simple.
He’s not an excellent striker, of course, when you have a look at our wrestling wallpapers, mine’s far superior. I’m going to outwrestle him. It’s that simple. ”
However, Askren additionally didn’t even limit his choices.
When asked about taking on a various current UFC champion, lightweight title holder Khabib Nurmagomedov, “Funky” stated he’d become happy to provide the undefeated sambo master a taste of their medicine to shut 2019.
“This might be awesome, wouldn’t it? “I’ll plan that one for October after Darren gets a fantastic dose.
“” I think I simply take Khabib out by wrestling him” added Askren. “” I kinda do to him what he can to everyone. ”