Earlier this week, it was announced that UFC and ONC Championship were in the process of negotiating a landmark deal: the first trade in major MMA history. The UFC would release former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, and in turn, ONE would release former welterweight champion Ben Askren. Of course, the moment this was announced, Askren started talking trash to practically everyone in the UFC, including another standout wrestler who made a name for himself off the back of his brash persona: Colby Covington.
But while there seems to be no shortage of dance partners willing to welcome the 34-year-old Askren to the UFC, don’t count Covington among them. Speaking recently with FloCombat, the former UFC interim welterweight champion shot down Askren’s trash talk, dismissing the former Bellator champion as a fighter that no one cares about.
“I don’t really have too [many] thoughts on it,” Covington said. “He’s piping up the wrong tree, he’s asking for this big fight and he’s never won a fight in the top 50 let alone the top 20.
”He’s trying to prove himself by calling me out but I’m America’s champ. My skills got me to the White House. Where the hell has that loser ever been? Nowhere. He’s not been anywhere. Where have his skills taken him? Malaysia? That’s really cool. He ain’t ready for the big cities and the bright lights. I just sold out the United Center like Michael Jordan. 15,000 plus were on their feet in Chicago to witness greatness.”
“That needle d*ck can’t get 15 people into an Asian bingo hall. They gave him away for a midget for Christ’s sake. There’s levels to this sh*t.”
Covington made a name for himself in recent years on the back of vitriolic trash talk and top-flight wins in the octagon. He won the interim UFC welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over former lightweight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. (The UFC later said he would be stripped of the belt when Tyron Woodley defended his undisputed title against Darren Till, but the UFC rankings page still has him listed as interim champion.) Now Covington is looking at a title unification bout against Woodley, when Woodley comes back from hand surgery that is expected to keep him out of action for another couple of months, and it sounds like Covington has no intention of spinning his wheels with Askren in the meantime.
“Nothing about Ben Askren impresses me,” Covington said. “He’s a one-dimensional fighter. He’s never hurt a fly. He hasn’t beat anybody relevant. He hasn’t beat anybody top 50 in the world. If he proves himself and works his way up, he’s an easy payday for me but he’s not a draw. No one gives a f*ck about him. If he wants to come to the big boy’s league, he’s been in the little boy’s league, but you’re going to have to work your way up.
”I’m not reaching to the bottom of the mountain to pick guys up anymore. I’m at the top of the UFC mountain. You’ve got to earn your way up. I’m not helping you. If you work your way up, don’t worry buddy, I’ll leave you unconscious and we’ll send you back to the prelims where you [belong].”
That doesn’t mean Covington thinks he won’t ever face Askren, though. “Chaos” admits that the two-time NCAA national champion and former Olympian has world-class wrestling skills and that if the UFC wants to push him, he could have success. When that happens, then Askren can give him a call.
“If he gets matched up right like what they like to do with their prospects—and that’s all he is: a prospect—I think he could beat some strikers,” Covington concluded “He’s got a wrestling background to beat some strikers. But he’s getting older and he’s never really fought any good competition. He’s fighting these guys in these Asian bingo halls that don’t belong there. They’re not true fighters.
”Nobody knows who this pencil-necked, Chia-pet dweeb is and that’s ‘cause he’s never done anything relevant in the sport. When he’s done something relevant, then come talk to me.”
Trash talk. Ben Askren has already started talking trash to everyone in the UFC.
Debate. Who won the Demetrious Johnson-Ben Askren trade, ONE Championship or UFC?.
A complete history of the UFC’s bantamweight rankings.
Tito detailing his numerous surgeries.
Loma giving thoughts on Khabib-Conor.
Obviously Fight Talk. Discussing the blockbuster DJ for Askren trade.
MMA Takes. Guest appearance with Anik and Florian discussing this weekend.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
So much beef.
So many fighters said stuff about me in the past. I don’t even get hit. I might tell @ufc to set up a bum of the month club and fight every month!— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
Notice not one of these WW's is saying my name right now. They think if they hide their heads in the sand some other poor lamb will be taken for slaughter.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
@GamebredFighter you used to say a lot of shit. Now reality gonna bite you in the ass and your twitter fingers got fired.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
Jorge you haven’t won a fight since Jan 2017! If you had a shred of self awareness you would realize it would be an honor for you to share the cage with me. https://t.co/oI5BCDS0RM— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
Sooooo much beef.
Who the fuck are you ? I’ve had one loss don’t be thinking your gonna come over here and ruin everyone, trust me I would knock the curly hair out your head you hillbilly. https://t.co/ba9IvXu92t— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 25, 2018
Sounds like a yes to me. Keep your dance card open you are about to get taken to Funky town. https://t.co/M50Epq8mHm— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
Ben all I do is chat absolute horse shit askren— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 25, 2018
Your twitter trash talk is embarrassingly bad, it’s worse than your performance against @TWooodley ! Now when you get asked to sign the contract for real make sure you do it son. https://t.co/xYPQxRhB3b— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
All the damn beef.
Well I appreciate you being the only one with the courage Mike, but let’s be real: you suck, you know you aren’t getting the shot. https://t.co/xMAV4jpZmg— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
.@Benaskren You’re an educated guy. So you’re smart enough to know that your style isn’t striking fear in the hearts of anyone! Sure, you are going to hit some takedowns. But you are are gonna get touched up like never before. Only a matter of time!!— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 25, 2018
Alan being humbled in front of millions isn’t something fake tough like happening to them. You’re 1-2 in your last 3, go back to modeling. https://t.co/eNwKBAZBC8— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2018
And @TeamKhabib I’ll meet you at 165 to determine the best MMA grappler on planet earth! You just name the time and send location.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 26, 2018
Hey @nickdiaz209 word is you blew all your money and need to fight again. I realize you haven’t won a bout since 2011, but people still seem to think you are good. I’m willing to show them otherwise!— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
He is correct. GSP has never beaten anyone whose primary objective was to take him down.
Hey @GeorgesStPierre please name your terms of engagement!!! Who would you like me to beat up or how many twitter followers would you like me to have. You name it’s done. Then I’ll see you in Montreal.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
But @GeorgesStPierre please be specific, ambiguity sucks. I know you like a challenge and I am a puzzle you have never solved yet.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
“Star” Bellator let walk away for nothing.
165 will be a division. @ufc just need a star to start it, like Rousey for women’s 135. Well they got a star, take that shit to the bank.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 26, 2018
Georges looks very interested, by the way.
Très bon... pour le moral! pic.twitter.com/YeBv701rhO— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) October 25, 2018
@ColbyCovMMA you little snitch police informant. Go and wank Donald trump off you soft cunt! You got little pieces of lettuce on each hand— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 25, 2018
It do be like that sometimes— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 25, 2018
Champ ready to put in work.
So with 32 and 33 already set, I should be headlining #invictafc34. Attention all 135ers, who is ready to step up and challenge for my belt? Does nobody want to take my shiny hardware? #letsgo https://t.co/Z8dLo4OwHG— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) October 25, 2018
Yeah, your entire division is definitely getting cut.
Brandon Vera (15-7, 1 NC) vs. Mauro Cerilli (12-2); ONE Championship, Nov. 23.
Alistair Overeem (43-17, 1 NC) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (12-0); UFC Beijing, Nov. 24.
Paddy Pimblett (14-2) vs. Donovon Desmae (11-5); Cage Warriors 100, Dec. 8.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
A low key card this weekend. Definitely not must-see television but if your college football team happens to be on a bye (*cough* go dawgs *cough* ) then there are worse ways to spend your Saturday evening.
Enjoy the fights and see y’all on Monday.
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