It would appear that ONE Championship welterweight king Ben Askren is not too fond of Nate Diaz being targeted for a UFC welterweight title fight. Now Askren has decided to voice his heated opinion for all to hear.
Ben Askren has put on a storied career in the sport of mixed martial arts. The fighter’s mixed martial arts career kicked off back in 2009, with Askren having been on a dominant tear through the sport ever since. After joining mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship, the fighter quickly became the reigning welterweight champion. Still undefeated, Askren earned a brutal first round TKO victory in his recent retirement fight under the promotion. Defending his title, Askren earned a swift win over Shinya Aoki at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit.
While Askren initially claimed he would likely retire after the match up, the undefeated fighter has since called out reigning UFC middleweight champion and former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“Nate Diaz is a sh*tty welterweight.” Askren said. “He’s two and three as a welterweight. If you truly rank him as a welterweight, he’s not even in the top 30. He’s a freakin bum. So how they’re giving him a title shot at welterweight, that one is beyond me.”
For Askren’s full thoughts, check out the video below:
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been looking to put together a super-fight for some time now. As a result, the champion most recently put his sights on UFC superstar Nate Diaz.
Diaz most recently sparked a heated rivalry with Conor McGregor. The two have faced off twice now, with Diaz choking out the fighter in their first match up but suffering a close decision loss in the rematch.
Diaz has since declined the fighter offer from Tyron Woodley. Diaz’s longtime boxing coach Richard Perez has come forward to reveal that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has not provided a large enough sum to entice the UFC superstar for an octagon return against the welterweight champion.