Leave it to Ben Askren to go big-game hunting.
At the UFC 239 pre-fight press conference, Askren was asked who his ideal next three opponents were. The first name he listed was Jorge Masvidal, who he fights at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas. The second name was Kamaru Usman, the UFC welterweight champion. And the third name was the Canadian legend himself, Georges St-Pierre.
“Jorge Masvidal, Marty Usman, and Georges St-Pierre,” Askren said when asked by reporters who his three next ideal opponents were (video via MMAWeekly.com).
Ben Askren, who had a successful Octagon debut back at UFC 235 with a first-round submission win over Robbie Lawler, was involved in the first-ever trade in mixed martial arts late last year when ONE Championship sent him to the UFC in exchange for Demetrious Johnson. Askren has fought almost all of his MMA career in ONE and Bellator and has never had the opportunity for big-money fights like he has now in the UFC.
Although GSP recently retired from the sport, you can’t blame Askren for calling him out. For Askren, not only is this a big-money fight, but it’s also his dream matchup.
“Georges St-Pierre,” Askren replied when asked who his top fantasy matchup would be in the history of MMA.
Ben Askren (19-0, 1 NC) is undefeated in MMA since making the transition to the sport from collegiate wrestling back in 2009. After a decade of fighting for ONE and Bellator, Askren has immediately become a star for the UFC, and the promotion has taken notice as it’s given him two high-profile matchups against Lawler and Masvidal in his first two UFC fights. With Colby Covington — the assumed No. 1 contender — now taking on Lawler at UFC Newark, a big win over Masvidal would give Askren the presumed upper-hand to fight Usman for the belt later this year. And if he gets by Usman, you better believe he’ll be back to calling out GSP for a superfight between two of the best MMA wrestlers ever.
Would you be interested in a potential Ben Askren vs. Georges St-Pierre fight?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/25/2019.