Askren: I’m the best wrestler in MMA
Undefeated Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren outstruck Russian Andrey Koreshkov Wednesday night by a margin of 248-3, before winning via TKO in the fourth round.
If his style is not fan friendly, Askren says that it is reality – wrestling dominates MMA.
“I’m a wrestler, I’m the best wrestler in MMA,” said Askren after the fight. “Wrestling is, was and always has been the most dominant mixed martial art on the planet. That’s all there is to it. We all know it, some people want to fight it, some people want to doubt it, but wrestlers rule the MMA world.”
“You’re either the heel or the face right? For me it’s really easy to be the heel. Just like some stupid people think WWE is real, some people think that the persona I play is real as well and it’s easy enough to trick them. They love you or they hate you, but either way as long as they’re not neutral about you, they’ll turn your fight on. There’s a lot of people that tuned into Spike tonight to see me get knocked out.
“The likelihood of that happening was about one percent, but there was still that chance they could have seen that happen.”
When asked to compare a theoretical fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to the Koreshkov mauling, Askren said GSP would be a tougher, but only by a little.
“I think it would be a little more difficult,” replied Askren. “But something like it.”
While Askren would not confirm it with B/R, it appears the fight with Koreshkov was the final one on his current contract.
“I guess the secret’s out,” Askren answered when asked. “We’ll find out, not sure.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed that Askren’s bout at Bellator 97 was the final one. Bellator has an exclusive negotiating period to work on putting a new deal together and likely has the right to match any offer sent Askren’s way.