Ruthless Robbie Lawler Welcomes Funky Ben Askren To The Octagon At UFC233!
Exploring the bout...
Ben ‘Funky’ Askren will be making his UFC debut against former welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler. The fight is slated for UFC 233 on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
Ben Askren is a former Olympic wrestler. He competed in the 2008 Olympics. As a professional fighter, he has an undefeated record. He was recently traded to the UFC for former champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. He has competed in both Bellator and ONE Championship and was the champion in both organizations. Out of his 19 MMA fight he has 18 wins and 1 no contest. He was the longest reigning champion in ONE Fighting Championship Welterweight division. He also had in impressive 3 year stint as Bellator’s Welterweight Champion.
Robbie Lawlor is the former UFC Welterweight Champion and EliteXC Middleweight Champion. Additionally he has competed in Strikeforce, PRIDE, and the IFL. He has an impressive 41 fights with 28 wins and 12 losses. Out of his 28 wins, 20 were by knockout, 1 by submission and 7 were by decision. He holds victories over Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald, Johnny Hendricks, Matt Brown, Donald Cerrone and Jake Ellenberger. In his last 3 fights, he has had 2 loses; Rafael dos Anjos and Tyron Woodley.
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For Robbie, the fight is interesting to see if he will return to his dominant fashion in the UFC. How he does against Ben may be an indication of what his future holds in fighting. Certainly Robbie Lawlor has nothing left to prove in the Octagon. After Strikeforce many counted his career as almost over. He has certainly proved his doubters wrong. His career has been nothing short of exceptional.
The fight is interesting for Askren to see exactly how well he does against UFC talent. Eddie Alvarez is one example of a former Bellator Champion that won the championship in the UFC. However, former champions in other organizations have met mixed results in the UFC.
Before this fight was announced, Askren called out the whole division: Georges St-Pierre, Darren Till, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Stephen Thompson, and both Diaz brothers.
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