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UFC boss wants to talk to Ben Askren, not pursuing Paul Daley

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BOSTON – UFC President Dana White said his promotion may very well be interested in Bellator welterweight champion and current free agent Ben Askren. Controversial British slugger Paul Daley, not so much.

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Post #1   8/15/13 4:37:31PM   

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I like all of it.

Get Askren in the UFC so we can find out how he compares to top competition, though I don't really expect him to sign with the UFC at this point.

Meanwhile, let Daley know he doesn't stand a chance of ever fighting in the UFC again Unfortunately, Dana does sound like he'll be willing to forgive him in the future, though.

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Post #2   8/15/13 4:38:56PM   

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A little surprised but not complaining about the interest in Askren.

I mean I shouldn't be surprised because the dude is undefeated, champion in arguably the second best MMA promotion in the world, and easily one of the best wrestlers in MMA right now, unfortunately the casual fans have little interest in seeing him fight. I really want to see how he stacks up.

He has shown more than lay n pray in his last 2 fights and getting hard earned finishes, hopefully, if he does get signed, he uses the UFC title as motivation and goes out and continues to put on a show and win impressively.

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Posted by DrivenDavies15

A little surprised but not complaining about the interest in Askren.

I mean I shouldn't be surprised because the dude is undefeated, champion in arguably the second best MMA promotion in the world, and easily one of the best wrestlers in MMA right now, unfortunately the casual fans have little interest in seeing him fight. I really want to see how he stacks up.

He has shown more than lay n pray in his last 2 fights and getting hard earned finishes, hopefully, if he does get signed, he uses the UFC title as motivation and goes out and continues to put on a show and win impressively.



I like it. I may be one of the few Askren fans out there and would love to see how he holds up to the stiffer competition. I personally think he will be competive right off the bat and could derail a lot of top 10 guys. One also has to realize that he hasnt been in MMA all that long and continues to improve.

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I'd like to see how he would fare against the winner of Maia v Shields.

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Posted by DrivenDavies15

A little surprised but not complaining about the interest in Askren.

I mean I shouldn't be surprised because the dude is undefeated, champion in arguably the second best MMA promotion in the world, and easily one of the best wrestlers in MMA right now, unfortunately the casual fans have little interest in seeing him fight. I really want to see how he stacks up.

He has shown more than lay n pray in his last 2 fights and getting hard earned finishes, hopefully, if he does get signed, he uses the UFC title as motivation and goes out and continues to put on a show and win impressively.



I like it. I may be one of the few Askren fans out there and would love to see how he holds up to the stiffer competition. I personally think he will be competive right off the bat and could derail a lot of top 10 guys. One also has to realize that he hasnt been in MMA all that long and continues to improve.



I'm a funky fan too and while I think he could derail some of the top ten guys like Condit. I worry what will happen when he runs into a guy with great TDD and heavy hands like Hendrix or Burger.

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I think they would both work him

Post #8   8/15/13 5:38:09PM   

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I agree with Dana on this one. You always want to steal the other guys champ but for once I think Dana should and will stick to his guns on Daley. No reason to ever bring him back.

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My whole reason for wanting him in the UFC is to see how good he really is. I think he needs to pair up against the power wrestler's with good hands, even if it's just Kos.

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Posted by jae_1833

My whole reason for wanting him in the UFC is to see how good he really is. I think he needs to pair up against the power wrestler's with good hands, even if it's just Kos.

I agree he's just so much better at wrestling then the guys he's fighting. He's going to go to sleep in pretty epic fashion would be my guess

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I'd like to see him face Rory Mac.

I wouldn't care if either man lost

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1. Dana wants fighters that bring it.
2. Dana wants Askren.
3. Dana does not want Daley.

Does. Not. Compute.

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Lose out on Alvarez
Take askren as compensation

I wanna see how he does in the UFC.
Feed him to the sharks

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Always been an Askren fan...but to be honest I don't really see any major improvements. I still would love to see him against somebody like Mike Pierce or Rick Story or John Hathaway, several good main card fights just to find his holes and push him to another level, without destroying him.

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