Former ONE Championship’s Welterweight Champion Ben Askren has finally entered the UFC roster and has already started Twitter beefs with half the UFC roster including Welterweight contenders Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.
Ben Askren was traded by ONE in exchange for the dominant former flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson and makes his much anticipated debut against ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on the 6th of January.
UFC President Dana White who had a well publicized tiff with Ben Askren is reportedly now happy with his attitude.“All this time Ben Askren and I have had this thing. This guy wants to fight everybody. I love it,” White said. “I love guys – especially in the 170-pound division. The breath of fresh air when you have a guy that wants to fight everybody. I like it. I like his attitude, and I like where his head’s at, and a guy like that is going to make it far in this company.”
One person Dana is not happy with is the UFC welterweight champion and Ben Askren’s training partner Tyron Woodley.“When is Woodley ready to fight anybody, ever? Tell me when,” White said. “Yeah (he just fought three months ago), and it took us forever to get him to fight that fight. He never wants to fight. You want to be a world champion, but you don’t want to fight anybody. That’s a problem.”
“He just came out on his real job, TMZ, and said that he was looking for February or something like that, and we said no. We didn’t say no,” White said. “When Tyron Woodley wants to fight we don’t say no. So that wasn’t true, and if you notice TMZ took that clip down because that wasn’t true. It was absolutely not true, and they took it down.
“What’s going to happen now are these interviews are going to come out, and he’s going to get all pissed off, ‘This guy doesn’t respect me, and he doesn’t do this and that,’ and all that. That’s what’s going to happen now, and me and Woodley are going to go at it again, and then we’ll see when the guy ends up fighting.”