Ben Askren: I'm going to enjoy beating Hieron's ass
“I think it’s pretty obvious,” Askren added, when asked if he believes Hieron will look to keep the fight standing. “He definitely doesn’t have a lot of skills on the ground as far as jiu-jitsu’s concerned, so if the fight goes there it’s overwhelmingly in my favor.”
Upon Hieron’s Bellator arrival, the established veteran was an early favorite to win the welterweight competition and secure a bout with Askren. In other words, both men have been fielding questions about the other for several months now, further contributing to the upcoming fight’s storyline.
“It will be a little bit of business, a little bit of pleasure,” Askren said when asked if over the last few months things have gotten personal between him and Hieron. “I’m going to get in there and take care of business, but I sure am going to enjoy beating his ass.”