Ben Askren remains a free agent who has his sights set on competing for the UFC welterweight title.
However, Askren understands the belt is likely to be tied up in a rematch between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks after their recent fight ended in a split decision.
So, Askren has another Tristar fighter in his target: Rory MacDonald.
“If Dana White were willing, if I lost to (MacDonald), I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA,” said Askren, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “That’s how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald.”
White, the president of the UFC, has stated he has no desire to sign Askren after Bellator officially parted ways with the welterweight champion. However, Askren, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, did say his management team is expected to meet with the UFC in the near future.
Yes, this is yet another Georges St. Pierre post, but bear with me.
Yesterday, craptacular gossip website TMZ reported that the UFC’s reigning (but very much disputed) welterweight champ was stepping back from competition both because his dad is dying and he inadvertently knocked someone up. Now, of course this is TMZ we’re talking about, a media outlet that regularly offers up gems on Justin Bieber banging prostitutes and Kim Kardashian’s butt seeking dual citizenship – and when it comes to MMA, they infamously reported that Kimo was dead. But curiously, TMZ often gets things right too (see: anything to do with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson going for a leisurely drive to Tito Ortiz and Jenna to Mayhem Miller acting da fool).
The facts are thus: On Saturday night, champ Georges St. Pierre stepped into the Octagon against challenger Johny Hendricks to defend his belt for the umpteenth time. The two fought for five full rounds, with each round consisting of five minutes as mandated by the Unified Rules. After time expired, the judges – who are trained and licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – rendered a split decision in favor on GSP, a decision which enabled him to retain the belt. Oh, and one last fact: St. Pierre took such a beating, he looked like he’d been slowly digested by a Sarlacc Pit for the last ten years and then abruptly spit out because he tasted too Canadian.
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UFC 167 was last night, and it was filled with all sorts of violent goodness, like Tyron Woodley snuffing out Josh Koscheck’s meager existence and Robbie Lawler laying some big sticks of dynamite on the tracks and derailing the Rory MacDonald hype-train something fierce. But the main event – which saw champ Georges St. Pierre take a hellacious beating at the hands of challenger Johny Hendricks, somehow steal a split decision, and half-assed retired afterwards… well, it’s enough to make our favorite bald-headed promoter go ballistic. Watch as he rages against the Nevada State Athletic Commission, GSP, space aliens and lost luggage!
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