"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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Two titles in New Jersey. With Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira not working out for the event, UFC 169 gets featherweight and bantamweight title fights of Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas and Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz instead.
20 in 20. Chuck Mindehall's series reaches 2012, the year of flyweights, Fox and Sokoudjou ruining everything.
Knapp says no. After a report stated the UFC had plans on creating a women's strawweight (115lbs) division, Invicta FC CEO Shannon Knapp says it's not happening.
Georges St-Pierre open workouts in Montreal.
David Loiseau vs. Mike Kent at ECC 18 last Friday in Halifax.
Tales From The Grind with Jorge Masvidal - Episode 4 "Viva Las Vegas"
This week's Knuckle Up with Eugene S. Robinson.
Anderson training montage. Great mount escape and André Galvão doing a mean Sensei Seagal impression.
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Dodson at UFC Fan Expo.
Arrows - Navy guy beats out soldier.
Be on the lookout.
Check out http://t.co/iIekJfFXSY tomorrow at 9:00am 2 find out who and when and where I'm fighting.. They won't let me say anymore.— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) October 30, 2013
Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) October 29, 2013
You're supposed to get bonuses for punching people.
@dylanwardenn fuck no!!! I'm gonna give him a bonus!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) October 29, 2013
I've done six weeks standing on my head.
Ppl I will have 100% recovery & will be back n the gym in 6 weeks.I'm a fighter & I love (cont) http://t.co/MmL0BV8x6F— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) October 29, 2013
Shout out to Lyoto for not taking that last punch— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 29, 2013
A beef sorta gets sorted out.
@SAADMMA because you and your fans are a bunch of cry babies— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) October 30, 2013
@illwillbrooks86 I haven't said anything to you. It's the real MMA fans that are upset about the fight.— Saad Awad (@SAADMMA) October 30, 2013
@SAADMMA yea after you won you did show respect— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) October 30, 2013
@illwillbrooks86 and I still am. Besides be being frustrated about the way I lost. You're acting like I'm blowing u up or something— Saad Awad (@SAADMMA) October 30, 2013
Apologizes to @SAADMMA twitter got the best of me and I lost my temper. I've got great respect for Saad and his skills I let others upset me— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) October 30, 2013
Probably got offered a title shot somewhere in there.
Yeah...... Think I need to catch up on some emails. http://t.co/BkuOfO4vL8— michael (@bisping) October 29, 2013
For the man in your life.
Hector Lombard (@HectorLombard) October 29, 2013
Announced yesterday (Oct. 29 2013)
Gian Villante vs. Cody Donovan at UFC 167
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Nov. 4 - DEEP JEWELS 2
#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.
#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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