Bellator champ Ben Askren challenges Ariel Helwani to a fight


On a recent segment of The MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani spoke candidly about his feeling that Ben Askren's fighting style is boring.

Askren responded bluntly, via twitter.

Ben Askren ‏ @Benaskren
@arielhelwani Are you mad at me bc I was cooking lunch during your interview? Or bc I said something to the Canadian fans?

Ben Askren ‏ @Benaskren
Hey @arielhelwani I am still waiting on your expert advice. What strategy would have helped me finish the fight?

kmax1940 ‏ @kmax1940
Hit harder or submit him.

Ben Askren ‏ @Benaskren
easier said than done

jengro71 ‏ @Jengro71
I am sure Ben does not have guts to face you on the air

Ariel Helwani ‏ @arielhelwani
@benaskren never even responded to my invitation :(

Ben Askren ‏ @Benaskren
you never invited me and you never answered my question

Ariel Helwani ‏ @arielhelwani
yes I did. Yesterday.

Ben Askren ‏ @Benaskren
well I invite you to go in a cage with me. When you do that I will do your show. Otherwise kiss my ass.

Ariel Helwani ‏ @arielhelwani
well, that response is disappointing. I stated my opinion and was more than happy to have you come on to tell me what's what.

Ariel Helwani ‏ @arielhelwani
anyhow, all the best to you.

Josh C ‏ @_allmyfriends
Ariel, be careful if you get in a cage with him...make sure there's rounds, or you might die of old age.

@Swikshz ‏ @Swikshz
its "sexy" now to talk about finishing fights. How about learning to wrestle? I blame the opponents lack of game.

Darren ‏ @PHIGHT5r
Fighter challenges media member... why not have an essay competition... #smartliketractor

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tags: Bellator   Ben Askren   Ariel Helwani   


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spliff site profile image  

4/17/12 1:55 AM by spliff    pat came on the mma hour yesterday to defend askren  shit got real in the 2nd half..

Jaybrone site profile image  

4/16/12 4:17 AM by Jaybrone

 this is funny cause its true...

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4/13/12 6:21 PM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 Pretty sure he would get tapped out, but I would watch that all day...great call!

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4/13/12 6:05 PM by fightharder

''I really do not want to discuss my fighting style with people who have not been in a cage themselves''.......mmmm so we come back to the age old discussion if people who are not actual athletes are allowed to have an opinion of the performance of these said athletes....C'mon son.It is pretty obvious Askren has a chip on his shoulder because he forgets fights are also about entertaining fans (as opposed to just grinding out W ). Now i personally do think he should get props for getting ''boring'' wins but everybody who is sane on this planet would merit asking him critical questions about his performances if their job was MMA journalist (and Ariel is obvious the best in the business when it comes to might be slim pickings but nonetheless is currently the best journalist by leaps and bounds).As for Askren ''owning'' Ariel....mmmm if you would read Ariel response it pretty much shows that Askren made less then impressive PR ''appearance'' once again. Somebody really needs to get someone to get him to stop posting stupid shit on his twitter. He just comes of as a punk.....your 27 dude it is time to grow the fuck up.

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4/13/12 3:44 PM by jct71

Helwani's response was the only ownage here if there was any. He left Askren with no other reply than to either apologize or increase the douche.

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4/13/12 2:15 PM by Jack Skellington

 wtf is this guys problem? Sounds like he's pissed at himself because he keeps going to decision in his fights. how dare somebody criticize him? What the fuck ever! Hey genius, your last SIX fights have gone do a decision. How dare we have opinions? Get the fuck outta here with that shit. He needs to develope thicker skin if he wants to keep moving up the ladder in mma. Askren has to get his head out of his ass and stop, repeat - STOP trying to be like Kos. One in this sport like him is enough. And to challenge an reporter to fight just because he criticize you ..... rubbish.

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4/13/12 2:04 PM by UGCTT_Fillthy

except that people pay money to be entertained by the fight.if he doesn't care about being entertaining or earning money, he can fight in alleys behind the local dive bar.

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4/12/12 8:28 PM by IntimidationClothing

Here's how I look at Askren. Everyone knows his game plan every time and what happens? He wins. It is not pretty, but a win is a win. Any team or athlete who can impose their will as they wish like that gets my respect. It's like the Steelers running the ball down your throat then sacking your QB; you know what they are going to do yet you can't stop them.As for Ariel, he is doing his job, yes, but he has shown that he does not respect Bellator or their fighters many times over. This summer he was challenged to rank Bellator's weight classes by a MMA site and never responded to multiple professional tweets while they jumped to the top of Google for Bellator rankings at each weight.I respect Ariel's work and Ben's skills as well, but there are plenty of fighters who do not finish their opponents, even GSP in recent fights...

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4/12/12 7:56 PM by Wasa-B

It'd be a quiet world if anyone that can have an opinion on MMA has to have all that.