UFC News: Ben Askren Speaks Kamaru Usman 'The Worst Promoter In MMA history'
Askren made his UFC debut against the former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235. Askren won the fight via bulldog choke in the first round, making a controversial stoppage by referee Herb Dean. On November 18, 2019 Askren announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition as well as coming off his short UFC span.
Ben Askren returned to Submission Radio to discuss the fallout from UFC London, his friend Tyron Woodley not getting to fight Leon Edwards, Colby Covington offering to step up on short notice, fighters not being compensated for their fights falling through if the Coronavirus would prevent Ben from fighting if he was still active, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is in jeopardy, how he sees that fight going down, Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal and Usman's promoting, the main opponent Ben wishes he would've fought before his career ended, and more!
The one which he made essential to point at, was having a trash talk on Kamaru Usman. He called Kamaru Usman as the "worst promoter".
He said “I think Usman is like the worst promoter in the history of mixed martial arts,” Askren said. “Because for me, here’s the thing: Colby is literally the most hated promoter, personality, fighter in the UFC, right? And so when Usman is going against him, it’s like OK, you’ve got the bad guy Colby, and then you’ve got Usman – who, all he has to do is he’s got to play the good guy and everyone’s gonna love him and everyone’s gonna cheer for him, right?
“But Usman just could not figure out how to make people like him. Like, he just could not figure it out. It would be so easy to make Colby the bad guy – he’s already the bad guy. He already plays the bad guy. It’s so simple. Just play into that and you’re the good guy – you’re the face, everyone loves you. But Usman couldn’t figure out how to do it.”
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