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Ben Askren Believes The “Work” Is In For Tito Ortiz-Alexander Shlemenko Fight

Ben Askren is taking a page from the book of pro wrestling, as the former Bellator welterweight champion and current ONE FC fighter believes a “work” is in store.

Askren, on Twitter, feels that Bellator’s decision to pair Tito Ortiz with current middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at the May 17 pay-per-view is nothing more than a pre-planned fight. The bout has yet to be made official for Bellator 120.

“I think Tito vs. (Shlemenko) is a work,” Askren posted on Twitter after news of the fight became public. “What do you think.”

Several have weighed in on the remark. Askren left the promotion after his contract expired, signing with Asia’s top MMA promotion after talks fell through between his management and the UFC.

Askren also posted that Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, and Shlemenko “have ties.”

wanderlei silva

Chael Sonnen has said some pretty incredibly rude things to Wanderlei Silva.

In press conferences. In interviews. While hosting “UFC Tonight” and other programming on FOX Sports.

So, when the UFC decided to pair Sonnen and Silva up as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they knew what they were doing.

As evidence by the latest episode, which you can only watch on UFC Fight Pass, the two coaches came to blows. Silva came after Sonnen, who proceeded to defend himself and was subsequently “attacked” by members of Silva’s team.

Sonnen recently told Bleacher Report that he “never would’ve believed it would turn physical” while working side-by-side with Silva on the show. Granted, the actual time spent by the two was limited, but we’ve seen in the past that coaches have to be around one another.

We saw it with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.

We saw it more recently with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

They are working together in several respects, so the odds of these two hot-headed individuals coming to at the very least a heated argument was pretty good.

Now, I’ve seen the episode and believe Sonnen had every right to do what he did. And yes, those members of Silva’s “entourage” who proceeded to get in some cheap shots while Sonnen was on the ground were cowardly.

But for “The American Gangster” to try and act like he did nothing wrong to provoke this is a little out of sorts.

Did he forget calling Silva his “pet idiot?” Or pretending to urinate on a fan with his picture on it? How about referring to him as “stupid?” Or the countless verbal attacks he hurled towards Brazil?

Hopefully these two get to finally settle things inside the Octagon. I’m still not 100-percent confident that the bout is going to go down, but if Silva is the one who ends up backing out, you can bet your bottom dollar that Sonnen will make sure everyone hears about it.

roy jones

If former boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. really wants to test his skills against an MMA fighter, Nick Diaz is ready to step up.

Just one problem.

Diaz told FightHub TV over the weekend while attending the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley boxing fight in Las Vegas that he would be willing to throw down with Jones, but he needs a little financial assistance first.

“If I could get somebody to buy my contract out, I’d be fighting out here,” he said. “Tell (Jones) to buy my contract so we can fight.”

Diaz expressed his reason for being in Sin City to see Pacquiao, saying, “I love the way he fights.” He also stated that being away from MMA has allowed him to attend several boxing events, adding, “people don’t think I am a serious boxing fan.”

Check out the complete video below to also hear Diaz discuss his desire to fight for the UFC championship.

martin kampmann

Martin Kampmann remains “on the sidelines” as far as a return to MMA goes, but there is one person who would get him to jump right back into a fight camp.

Georges St-Pierre.

“That would be a fight I would really like because he’s considered one of the all-time best welterweights,” said Kampmann, during a recent interview on Submission Radio. “I’d love to get a fight against him and I’ve always been wanting to.”

Kampmann (20-7) is coming off two knockout losses at the hands of Carlos Condit and current champion Johny Hendricks. Prior to that, the 31-year-old had picked up three straight victories inside the Octagon.

Back in 2010, Kampmann welcomed Jake Shields to the UFC and was on the wrong end of a split decision. Shields was recently released from the UFC after a loss to Hector Lombard.

“Shields is not really a very exciting fight so I don’t think it comes as that big of a surprise (to see him cut),” Kampmann said. “In the UFC, you gotta be able to sell tickets and get people to turn on the TV.”

Kampmann also said he still believes “I beat him, but unfortunately, the judges didn’t see it that way.

“When he fought me, he was trying to hump my leg and that’s what he does to people and that doesn’t always make for exciting fights.”

ufc fight night 39

John Howard nearly took the full five minutes he was given to recover from an inadvertent low blow at UFC Fight Night 39 Friday vs. Ryan LaFlare.

While he eventually was able to continue, the damage was done, as Howard was still grimacing after the bout concluded and LaFlare had been declared the victor.

“Doomsday” took to Twitter to ask for a rematch with LaFlare, citing how incredibly devastating the low blow was.

“Ryan LaFlare good fight but I want a rematch that nut hit change the fight,” he wrote. “I would like a rematch.”

The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Howard (22-9) that included two straight decisions after returning to the Octagon last year.

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