Pettis: Askren thinking about retiring. Askren: I want GSP first


The recent UFC on FOX 9 press conference featured UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, among many others. During it, Pettis made a statling statement about his RoufuSport teammate Ben Askren.

"One guy who is on the main stage, ready, is Ben Askren," said Pettis. "He's stuck between Bellator and the UFC, thinking about retiring. He's one of the best guys I've ever trained with...I don't want to see him get lost between organizations."

Askren is 12-0 and the current Bellator welterweight champion. However, his contract is up with the organization. Bellator has the right to match any offer, and is waiting for the UFC to name a price. In the meantime, Askren is not able to work, but never the less wants a little more time in the cage.

 Ben Askren @Benaskren
•Not retiring yet, still 1 person I want to beat up. @GeorgesStPierre @ufc @danawhite
•Once I figured out GSPs dark place didn't really exist I knew he would be easy prey!
•Seriously though GSP in 2009 prob would have beat me, but this current version fights way too scared!
•I will lay on GSP for as long as I damn well please.

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xaeo site profile image  

10/5/13 11:45 AM by xaeo

I like him but his takedowns have been stuffed by lesser wrestlers he just keeps at it until he gets it and eats a few shots while trying to get the takedown. But when he gets it to the ground is where he shines, his control is nasty. any above average wrestler who can circle and strike will make for a horrible fight for him.

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10/5/13 11:15 AM by FightToLive

Pettis is just sellin wolf tickets?

Poindexter site profile image  

10/5/13 7:53 AM by Poindexter

Askren needs to be signed by the UFC.

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10/5/13 7:50 AM by Large Fun Bags


wrestling4life site profile image  

10/4/13 6:03 PM by wrestling4life

It is sad that top level fighter feel like they should retire because of the mma is ran

RocketsRedglare site profile image  

10/4/13 4:01 PM by RocketsRedglare

I don't see him as remotely resembling a lay and pray guy. He is always moving, but he just doesn't have subs yet. I have never seen anyone like him. If he touches your foot, regardless of the positioning of the two fighters, you are going down. It's fascinating to watch to me, and a far greater skill than standing there swinging. There is a sizable component of the fan base that is dull normal however.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

10/4/13 3:13 PM by chaplinshouse

time won't remember what tv deal a long defunct (by then) promotion had.  if u don't make it to the ufc, and don't fight the world's best, then no one will care

Evzey site profile image  

10/4/13 2:37 PM by Evzey

Seriously fuck my life!!

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10/4/13 2:33 PM by Mix6APlix

I want to see GSP break his face.

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10/4/13 2:15 PM by goldenboyart

I see what you did there, LOL.