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Ben Askren: Johny Hendricks is a 'dummy' and an 'idiot who's getting lazy'

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Though Ben Askren isn't signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) -- and probably won't ever be -- the wrestling guru desperately wants to get his hands on former welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks.

In fact, as "Funky" recently told MMA Fighting, there's no other fighter he wants to fight more than "Bigg Rigg."

Why, you ask?

Simply put, he doesn't like him one bit, and he's a "dummy" to boot.

"If you got to say one fight, you could pick any fight, regardless of organization or anything else, you have one fight -- that's my fight. Man, because he's a dummy. And I don't like him."

The two men have exchanged verbal jabs for the last few years, a rivalry that dates back to the college wrestling careers as stars at their respective schools.

And after Hendricks was forced out of his 170-pound collision against Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 earlier this month due to a botched weight cut, Askren used that mishap as more ammunition to attack his bitter rival.

"Do you really think it's a good idea to show up 26 pounds over? You've got to be an idiot to do something like that. Sure, it might have worked once or twice before, but it's definitely not the best way to do things. Either he's getting lazy or he just thinks he can do certain things that he can't do or he's just getting older. I don't know what it is, but being 26 pounds over is ridiculous."

Sadly, unless Hendricks ever abandons UFC for ONE FC, the two men will likely never settle their differences inside the cage.

That's because Askren has pretty much burnt any bridges with UFC president Dana White, bad mouthing the brash head honcho any chance he gets.

For now, "Funky" will continue to be the best fighter not fighting under the ZUFFA banner as he gets set to defend his strap against Luis Santos on Nov. 13, 2015. As for Hendricks, he'll look to get back on the right track, diet wise, in order to earn another shot at the gold.