"His stand-up isn’t something you want to mess with. If the Canadian fans want to stand on their feet for 25 minutes with Douglas, well, they wouldn’t last that long because he’d probably finish them earlier. My striking has improved tremendously, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stand around for 25 minutes and slug it out with someone that has one-punch knockout power. That’s ridiculous. If I wanted to do that I’d go to the sport of kickboxing. People neglect the fact that I have a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. I feel like I landed ten times as many punches as I ever have and a lot of them were really, really hard. A lot of lesser men would have rolled over and gave up a rear-naked choke like most of the sissies in MMA."
Sorry haters, but your criticism of Ben Askren's performance at Bellator 64 last Friday night (April 6, 2012) in Ontario is falling on deaf ears. The undefeated welterweight champion tells MMA Weekly he makes no apologies for his wrestling-based offense against Douglas Lima, who "Funky" maintains could have ended their weekend title fight with one punch. So how about it Maniacs, is there any difference (besides attitude) between Askren and UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre when it comes to gameplanning? And more importantly, is there anyone in Bellator's 170-pound weight class that can defeat him?