Former UFC welterweight star Ben Askren named Khabib Nurmagomedov because the one dream opponent he needed outdoors of his regular weight class of 170lbs.
Askren retired from MMA final yr after compiling a 19-2, 1 NC file from 2009 to 2019. A former champion in Bellator and ONE Championship, Askren joined the UFC in a game-breaking commerce for pound-for-pound nice Demetrious Johnson in 2018. The journey to the UFC didn’t go as deliberate for Askren, who suffered back-to-back stoppage losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia earlier than deciding to hold up his gloves at age 34. He cited the necessity for a hip substitute as one of many the explanation why he determined to retire.
All through his profession, Askren utilized a robust grappling assault to defeat plenty of high-level opponents together with Robbie Lawler, Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Shinya Aoki, and Lyman Good. He stated all through his profession that he needed the prospect to struggle UFC legend Georges St-Pierre to show who the most effective welterweight on the earth was, however that struggle by no means got here to be as a result of each males had been in separate promotions on the time.
On Friday, Askren did an AMA together with his followers on Twitter, and one of many questions a fan requested “Funky” was who the one opponent is outdoors of 170lbs who he wished he had the prospect to struggle. Take a look at his reply under.
— Funky (@Benaskren) July 17, 2020
A struggle between Askren and Nurmagomedov, the undefeated UFC light-weight champion, is a dream struggle for MMA followers who love high-level grappling. Although Askren was a welterweight and Nurmagomedov is a light-weight, each males have confirmed all through their careers that their wrestling is their bread-and-butter. Though there can be a dimension benefit in Askren’s favor in a hypothetical matchup, there’s little question this might have been a really intriguing struggle between two of the most effective grapplers we’ve ever seen in MMA.
Askren is retired from MMA now after a protracted profession in wrestling and combined martial arts that noticed him endure numerous wear-and-tear on his physique that included a hip ailment that in the end led to his retirement. He’s retired now and has no plans on returning to the Octagon, however hardcore MMA followers who hear about this hypothetical matchup with Nurmagomedov are little question intrigued by what may have been. In the end, the struggle won’t ever occur and we’ll by no means know what would have occurred, however it’s enjoyable to contemplate.
Who do you assume would have gained a struggle of their prime between Ben Askren and Khabib Nurmagomedov?