Four time NCAA All-American, 2008 Olympian and current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren recently had harsh words for fighters like Thiago Alves and Anthony Johnson who fail to make weight recently, saying they are "just cowards. They should bump up a weight class. What are you scared of fighting guys bigger than you? If you really, truly can't make, say 170, you're gonna be fairly good sized for 185. I mean I walk around anywhere between 183 and 187. And 170, I can make it and it's not that difficult ... So yeah, those guys are idiots. I think it's immature and cowardly."
"I'll kick Ben in his mouth quick before he ever try and say something like that in my face. I ain't got nothing against the dude. I don't even know him. I just know he's some bushy-headed kid. ... I got respect for the guy because we got that history with wrestling ... but as far as his MMA career, I don't know anything about it. I don't know who all he's fought. I think, will he be good? Yeah, I think he'll be good. Most wrestlers are successful at MMA. More power to him; if that's what he needs to say to get some attention then let him do it. I don't know, who he fight for? Bellator, you said? Okay. That's why."
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