Likely because he has failed to stir up any interest in the cage with his fighting style, which often feels like watching The English Patient at half speed, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has become quite the prominent Twitter troll over the years. And honestly, his Twitter beefs and troll tactics have quickly become the most entertaining part of his mixed martial arts career.
Just last week, for instance, Askren lashed out at Michael Bisping — who is scheduled to face Askren’s friend/training partner Alan Belcher at UFC 159 – via one hilariously xenophobic and self-deprecating rant. And now, he’s got his sights set on UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who apparently did not do enough in his title defense against Nick Diaz at UFC 158 to earn Askren’s much sought after hespect. Via Askren’s Twitter:
Have we seen GSPs dark side yet? Or is he saving it for rounds 4 & 5?? I saw more viscous things happen at the youth wrestling tourney!
After tonight I am 100% sure I could beat GSP… GSP is no longer an aggressive striker. He will not out wrestle or grapple me. He gets tired. Simple enough.
You hear that, guys? Georges St. Pierre is boring and Askren is the only one boring enough to out-boring him! If only Askren hadn’t already screwed himself out of a future UFC career with (years of forgettable fights and) a Twitter rant last year, Joe Silva would probably be all over this superfight, which would effortlessly destroy the UFC’s current records for attendance and PPV buys. Make it happen, Joe!
Now that Askren is a bona fide finisher, does anyone find his criticism of GSP’s recent performance valid? Or should he just shut the hell up and focus on finishing his own fights without doctoral assistance?