Undefeated welterweight wrestling phenom Ben Askren might be wallowing in the obscurity of the Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit, but according to the former Bellator MMA fighter he couldn't be happier.
In an interview with Sherdog, the "Funky" one says he's just fine not competing with the rest of the world's elite in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC):
"I'm not really concerned. I'm getting paid really well to do what I'm doing. I drive a 2007 Prius with 200,000 miles on it. I don't care about having a fancy car. I don't have a lot of the wants and needs that a lot of people have where I would need to make a $1 million a fight. It would be nice if it happened, but I'm already running a few successful businesses, I'm making a good amount of money to fight and I don't have expensive tastes. Any way you slice it, I'm gonna be good to go."
The biological clock is ticking for Askren, who turned 31 years old in July. Although that's not retirement age yet, he's no spring chicken.
"One of the big things is I try not to worry about things I can't control. It wasn't my decision not to fight in America. I was never offered a contract to fight in the UFC. People conveniently forget that frequently. So what I did was I took the best offer on the table, which was One Championship. They've treated me very well since that point. I've had fun, and they always pack the house in Asia. I don't care if you're an Asian fan or an American fan, I'm happy to perform."
At this point it looks like the only way we're going to see Askren in UFC matchmaking is when there are no empty seats left on the bus.
Oh well. There are plenty of opportunities to make money crushing
tomato cans fighters in Asia. Just ask this guy.