Bellator's Askren enrolls in VADA testing for January title defense

by Chris Palmquist | source: The Underground

Today in a letter to Mixed Martial Arts LLC, whom acts as the Official Records Keeper for the Association of Boxing Commissions, Margaret Goodman revealed that Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren had enrolled in their Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program.

The letter stated that Askren would be subject to randomly-selected testing for performance enhancing drugs and methods through January 24, 2013.

Askren is currently scheduled to defend his Bellator title at January 24th event in Oklahoma versus welterweight tournament winner Karl Amoussou. At this time it is unsure whether or not Amousssou has or intends to enroll in the program as well.


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Jaybrone site profile image  

12/15/12 1:00 AM by Jaybrone

Great wrestler and I can respect that. But what bothers me about him is his attitude.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

12/14/12 10:23 PM by LilBrockonmychest

So you don't like him because he's not your type.  OK.

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12/14/12 10:18 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayamaOwnedMySN 3x


liquidrob site profile image  

12/14/12 9:51 PM by liquidrob

Askren fan, great grappler

Darth Ryase site profile image  

12/14/12 9:46 PM by Darth Ryase

I don't like him because he's yet to beat a contender and thinks he would clown the world's best fighters.

Dedicated1 site profile image  

12/14/12 8:56 PM by Dedicated1

hobbit head

Bipolar site profile image  

12/14/12 8:09 PM by Bipolar

The dislike for Askren is hardly random, and there's nothing weird about it. He simply doesn't have a very compelling fighting style. He's a completely one-dimensional grappler, and has terrible striking and no power. And it might be shallow, but the dude just looks like a clown, which seems intentional. Looks like he's sporting extra baggy boxing trunks with that 8 inch high elastic waist band that nearly reaches his pecs. I can see how someone into grappling might like the guy, but to say you can't understand why he gets hate is stupid.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

12/14/12 8:05 PM by LilBrockonmychest

Why?  I don't think he is either but he was a highl level college athlete and is now a high level fighter.  Roids aren't just to get huge and muscular but help with recovery.  Hell, Royce was on the juice.  Gotta give the guy big ups for removing any doubt he's using prior to his fights, voluntarily.  Apparently it's not too much of a "distraction" for him, like some others.

Billytk site profile image  

12/14/12 7:59 PM by Billytk

Agree, I actually like Askren LESS because of this. VADA are a bunch of scum bags

Bipolar site profile image  

12/14/12 7:56 PM by Bipolar

Is this the real world? There can't actually be a real person who doubts that Askren is clean.