Although Ben Askren remains a free agent, and it remains to be seen where the Bellator welterweight champ will fight next, there’s been plenty of talk in recent weeks about the prospect of him fighting UFC champion Georges St. Pierre. Not only has Askren been open about the fact he wants to fight GSP, but he’s also relayed he believes he can beat the renowned fighter. Of course, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has also been stirring up GSP-Askren talk by daring the UFC to give “Funky” an immediate title shot.
While St. Pierre is currently set to fight Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, the 32 year-old seems more than willing to fight Askren if and when he gets signed by the UFC. When asked about the possibility of fighting the decorated wrestler, St. Pierre told MMA Junkie.com:
“Of course (I’d like to fight him),” St-Pierre said. “He’s a good fighter, undefeated, and yes, if he comes, I’ll fight him. No problem.”
“Bring him in; I’ll fight everyone,” St-Pierre added. “I am the champion, and I have no choice, so it’s no problem. I’m not afraid.”
Considering St. Pierre has consistently fought the world’s best 170’ers during his lengthy run as champ, it’s not surprising to hear that he’d be willing to fight Askren. “Rush” also said he’d be willing to give Askren an immediate title shot.
Of course, all this talk is premature, since Askren isn’t signed anywhere and even if he is picked up by the UFC, chances are he’ll have to defeat a top contender before getting a crack at the belt. The UFC typically doesn’t give newcomers title fights right out of the gate, even if they’re decorated fighters.
It will be interesting to see where Askren winds up.
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