Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre has 'no problem' with potential Ben Askren fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After hearing that Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has plans to beat him up, UFC champ Georges St-Pierre says he'd be happy to let him try.

"Of course (I'd like to fight him)," says St-Pierre of Askren. "He's a good fighter, undefeated, and yes, if he comes, I'll fight him. No problem."

"Bring him in; I'll fight everyone. I am the champion, and I have no choice, so it's no problem. I'm not afraid."

Askren, who finished out his contract with Bellator with a successful title defense to Andrey Koreshkov in July, mulled retirement before deciding it was 'time for some new challenges.' Although UFC president Dana White once characterized Askren as human Ambien, the promotion is expected to make some sort of offering in the near future. As for when, it largely depends on the extenuating circumstances involving Bellator's matching period with Askren. Once the matching period has ended, Askren becomes a true free agent, allowed to sign with whomever regardless of the terms.

With no fight on the docket, Askren has been keeping busy competing in the newly formed Agon Wrestling Championships, most recently outpointing two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American Quentin Wright in the promotion's inaugural event on Oct. 27. St-Pierre, who has a bit more on his plate, defends his welterweight title to Johny Hendricks on Nov. 16 at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Busy Ronda.

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You're supposed to get bonuses for punching people.

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I've done six weeks standing on my head.

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Indeed.

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A beef sorta gets sorted out.

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Probably got offered a title shot somewhere in there.

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For the man in your life.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

WMMA November Preview: 105 title & 115 Grand Prix

November Edition

I am back with the best in WMMA this month. I'm not sure if there's any live streams, but I'll post when I do know

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Nov. 4 - DEEP JEWELS 2

105lbs Atomweight

#6 Seo Hee Ham vs. #12 Sadae Numata (For Atomweight title)
Both of these girls (woman for Numata, I mean she's FORTY ONE, according to Sherdog) would be welcome additions to Invicta's 105 division. In seems Invicta isn't keen on a Penne/Waterson rematch, so soon. The winner of this fight, could be next for Waterson.

Numata missed weight for her last fight, so it'll be interesting to see what happens if she misses weight again. It can't be easy cutting weight as not only a woman, but also a 41 year old woman. This is a very winnable fight for Numata.

115lbs Strawweight

#10 Mizuki Inoue vs #11 Emi Fujino (Strawweight Semi-Final #1)
Inoue drew first in the random draw and got Fujino. Fujino is a tough fighter, but she loses to the best, and Inoue is going to be a star. Inoue has already fought girls on Fujino's level, such as Invicta fighters, Alex Chambers, Bec Hyatt and Ayaka Hamasaki, beating Chambers and Hyatt. She had the best debut for a Japanese fighter in America in a long, long time (Horiguchi made an emphatic debut against Dustin Pague too).

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