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Oh, The Irony: Ben Askren Not Impressed by GSP’s Performance, Is “100 Percent Sure” He Could Beat Him


(“You see, Georges? THIS is how you dominate someone for five full rounds without ever coming close to finishing them!”) 

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?

-J. Jones

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leonscull- March 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm
I am a 100% sure Ben Askren would not beat GSP. He would get picked apart on the feet and would probably be GSP's first finish in years. Also, I wouldn't put it past GSP being able to outgrapple Askren.
cman- March 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm
LOL, remember when Ben was the # 1 WW and a complete wrecking machine and guys ducked him for fear of the beating they would get? No? How about when guys completely changed their style of fighting hoping that he didn't out do them at their strengths and completely neutralize their entire offense? Still no? Remember when he was relevant in any way beyond super cuts most wanted list?
Yeah he should shut up.
mma4ever- March 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm
Loved that movie.....probably would haved banged cher....naww
Sopapo- March 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm
What a complete Douche, when he was a nobody GSP rolled with him and said he was going to be a Beast. Now the little bitch comes out and talks shit, no respect. I hope they meet someday inside the octogon.
humperdinkal- March 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm
In my opinion, Ben Askren is a jerkoff. He obviously is all talk, no bite. Just like all the other wrestlers who fought GSP, none have been able to figure out one thing-how to counter his technique of utterly neutralizing any strengths his opponents have, and making them fight his fight. He has made great fighters look amateurish. Question is how to stop his manipulative fighting system, and counteract it? Well, I'm just an observer, but if I saw what I did, and many of you have, it would seem Diaz showed towards the last two rounds of the fight exactly a way to neutralize GSP's MMA wrestling takedowns...fight less in the center of the octagon, more near the walls. Let's see what Johnny Hendricks can do.
cman- March 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm
I beat one out earlier and THAT was more impressive than any one Ben aZzzzZzzzz....
Huh? Sorry dozed off. Was still more interesting than Ben azzzzzzzzzz......
Daddy_jeffy- March 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm
mma4ever - Nicely done.
Alan K- March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm
UFC should consider signing Askren. He makes a good villain. Who wouldn't pay money to see someone try to kick his ass?

What's that? No one? Oh. Well it could still be funny anyway.
mma4ever- March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm
The things ben askren likes......the wind in his hair and the sun on his face.....the things ben askren hates....the wind in his hair and the sun on his face.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm
I am 100% sure Ben Askren could beat GSP. In a Rocky Dennis look-alike contest.
Gladheateher- March 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm
The only guy who beats the clock better than GSP is Ben Askren
crappiefloper- March 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm
If a pizzaria owner can talk enough shit to get a title fight, why not this guy
Mr_Misanthropy- March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm
Ben who?
Madson- March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm
I'm not impressed by Askren, the human blanket. He is a Jon Fitch clone and his ranking his non reliable. Fitch fell in disgrace 'cause fighters figured out how to handle mono skill wrestlers with the time.

And fighters from Bellator usully get outmatched when they are confronted with zuffa guys.Lombard is the perfect example he's been crushing cans for half a decade to look like a gatekeeper in the UFC. Askren is actually grinding cans in a growing up business. Is so not top 6...

GSP is a tactician who did grind Diaz to victory. He made Diaz looked like a nobody. It was not the most exciting fight ever but it was great. The difference is: he could beat diaz on his feet but he took the safest way as he always does.

Still i'm not sure GSP will able to win against Silva. Maybe he can grind him to victory too as Sonnen did but with submission defense.
Clyde- March 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm
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And you saw a lot of that on your youth wrestling tournaments Ben? And people say wrestling is gay...
The12ozCurls- March 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Askren better watch the hell out because GSP might break out his dark dark dark place if they ever fight.
KungfuJaysus- March 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Oh I would watch the fight too. But then again I once watched my grandparents fist fight each other after thanksgiving dinner. So, I'm not the best person for fight viewing choices.
Pen Fifteen- March 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm
I liked Ben Askren better when he was called Jon Fitch. He couldn't beat GSP if you gave him a baseball bat and a pair of brass knuckles.
ReX13- March 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Prepare the torches: i like Askren, and i would so watch that fight.

KungfuJaysus- March 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Yes he should shut his face.
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