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Posted 3/1/07 9:10:00AM
In fairness Weidman had 4 fights before his UFC debut, one against a certain Uriah Hall, so he was basically an unkown in most MMA circles. Anderson Silva I would say would of been well know to many MMA fans of a certain age before his UFC debut due to his Pride/Cage Rage days ( great fight with Lee Murray).
My take on it is that Askren is outside the top 10 fighters, he is, and this is just my opinion behind the following
The thing is he is very unlikely to test himself against the elite in the UFC due to his war of words with Dana White,and the fact he only seems to get noticed for calling UFC fighters out and not for his unexciting style of fighting, that Dana has stated many times he does not like
Posted 7/26/07 9:02:00PM
the writers and fans always have a slight bias in favor of non-UFC stuff.
There's really no justification to rank any non-UFC fighter at WW, MW, LHW or HW inside the top 10 at this point in mma history. You gotta get in the Octagon to crack the top 10 in my eyes.
I do like Ben more than just about any other non-UFC fighter these days though. I believe in rassling.
Posted 5/31/07 3:28:00PM
Well, the UFC disagrees with you. They have Tarec Saffeidine as their #8 WW, Luke Rockhold as their #6 MW, Gegard Moussasi as their #10 LHW and Daniel Cormier as their #3 HW....and none has ever fought a single match in the UFC.
If Askren made the move to the UFC he would be fast-tracked to a title shot within a couple of wins. If you don't thinks so ask yourself how the last two contenders (Diaz and Condit) made their reputation. It was primarily outside of the UFC.
Posted 6/11/07 6:31:00PM
Under the super annoying category.
Posted 10/11/07 4:18:00PM
I think he would lose against any top ten UFC WW.
His striking looks awful. He's doesn't seem to have a lot of explosion or strength. Jay Hieron gave him trouble and Hieron has never looked good in the UFC.
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