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Morning Report: Ben Askren tells 'douche' Jon Jones to 'stop faking who he is'

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ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren and UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones certainly have their history.

The pair have sniped at each other for years over social media, but Jones' recent failed drug test for cocaine metabolites has given Askren a new opening.

"Jon's just a person that not a lot of people like," Askren told ESPN's MMA Live Extra. "I think lots of times he tries to act like this nice, humble guy but he's really a douche and everyone knows that. Now it's starting to come out and people are starting to realize it. He just needs to play him and stop faking who he is."

Not accepting Jones' indiscretion as a black eye on the sport, Askren says MMA shouldn't take a hit because of one athlete's 'poor choice.'

"I don't think it really has anything to say about the sport," said Askren. "It's an individual's poor choices that led him to do that. It doesn't say everyone in MMA is doing cocaine. Len Bias dies and no one put that on the NBA. We've had a lot of other things happen in other sports so I don't think that says anything about the sport of MMA. I think it says a lot about Jon Jones' poor choices."

Turning to the subject of his new Roufusport stablemate CM Punk, Askren sounds to be warming up to the professional wrestler.

"He's been in the gym," said Askren. "He's been a really hard worker. Very humble. It's been a really good experience so far and I would expect that to continue."

Askren was among the most vocal dissenters over the UFC signing a 36 year-old man with no competitive or combat sports background, but sounds more at peace having been around Punk.

"Obviously I was critical in the beginning," said Askren. "When they signed him I said some critical things. I would say that was the UFC's choice, a very interesting one at that, and you know what? After being around CM Punk, or Phil, for a while, I don't think he has any illusions about how crazy it is that he's going to fight the first fight ever in his life in the UFC, which is something a lot of people train a long time for.

"I think he understands the challenge he's in for and he's working hard to prepare the best he can."

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Watch The MMA Hour with Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, Makwan Amirkhani, Joanne Calderwood, Sara McMann, Thales Leites and Jake Matthews.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.

The case for a Johnson vs. Gustafsson rematch. It needs to happen, here's why.

No disrespect to Johnson. If you are unaware, look up some footage of the headbutt. There is one thing that took Gustafsson down, and it's the headbutt. Plain and simple.

Obviously Gustafsson didn't recall a headbutt in his post fight comments. I'm sure most people disregarded a headbutt, including myself. I feel after seeing this replay, the breakdown of the fight changes drastically. How can you suggest it was a big shot that took down Gustafsson? For goodness sakes you can see his hair whipping back from the impact!

After seeing the replay of it, I feel very comfortable saying a rematch is the best answer. There wasn't anything intentional, however when a fighter drops as a result of a headbutt and then in the same sequence is finished, what is a fair resolution?

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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