Fans have been pleading with Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White for years to sign former Bellator MMA and One Championship welterweight ace Ben Askren to the Octagon.
Askren (18-0, 1 NC) is undefeated in his professional career and last week spoke to MMA Junkie Radio about what it would it would take for him to come out of retirement.
“My main motivation is to prove I’m No. 1 in the world,” Askren stated. “I think it will happen, at the Bell Centre (in Montreal). Me vs. ‘GSP,’ probably somewhere in late 2019. … I don’t need to make any more money from fighting, and there’s only one thing left to prove. I’ve been No. 1 for the past five years, and I’ve unfortunately never had the chance to prove that fight. It’s the one thing that interests me.”
While Askren is technically retired, a super fight against arguably the best welterweight of all time in Georges St. Pierre could be a reality.
UFC commentator and long-time fight lover Joe Rogan recently spoke about luring Askren into the UFC and even offered help in brokering a deal.
“I’ve talked to [White] about [signing Askren] in the past,” Rogan said. “I think if Ben and him sat down and I could be there, maybe I could help. I’d do that. I’d 100 percent be willing to do that.”
Rogan admits not seeing Askren take on the best in the world inside the Octagon is a huge loss:
“For me, it’s a no-brainer,” Rogan insisted. “You want to see the best versus the best, and he’s been able to do weird shit to people. … He’s fu--ing super articulate, super smart, fu--ing great guy.”
While Rogan is a fight fan, he admitted he doesn’t know if Askren is a big enough name for casual fight fans to get on board with.
“I don’t know jack shit about promotion,” Rogan said. “I could be wrong. I might just be such a purist that I want the best to fight the best so much that I don’t give a fu-k what it looks like.”