Former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren is now nearing a fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). While the deal has not yet been finalized, Askren is seemingly already growing in popularity.
The UFC is currently negotiating with ONE Championship about trading former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for undefeated former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren. A fighter trade has never been completed within the sport of mixed martial arts, making this a historic moment. While the deal has yet to be finalized, reports claim negotiations are near complete.
Since the news, Ben Askren has been receiving bountiful attention from top-level mixed martial artists within the UFC’s roster. In fact, the former ONE Champion has been receiving massive attention from everyone.
As recorded by socialblade.com, Ben Askren has nearly garnered an additional 30,000 Twitter followers within the past two days. Askren’s meteoric rise in popularity has paralleled with the news of the potential ONE Championship to UFC trade agreement.