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Ben Askren calls out Georges St-Pierre: ‘Fight me, I can’t hit that hard’

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Former Bellator MMA Welterweight champion Ben Askren retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) this past weekend after knocking out Shinya Aoki in under a minute at the ONE Championship event in Singapore, leaving as the promotion’s 170-pound champion.

But “Funky” has that “never say never” attitude going for him, and says he could be coaxed into a comeback fight if former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is standing across the cage from him. And since St-Pierre doesn’t seem to be in a “Rush” to get hit by heavy-hitters Tyron Woodley and Robert Whittaker, taking a fight against a not-so-hard puncher such as himself makes sense.

“I wouldn’t fight Tyron Woodley, we go way. way back,” said Askren on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “But there is this other guy who is a very famous welterweight named Georges St-Pierre who doesn’t seem to have a dance partner right now. He doesn't seem to want to fight Tyron or Robert Whittaker. So hey, he doesn’t want to get hit hard. I can’t hit that hard so we might as well get in there and get after it,” he added.

Indeed, no one will ever confuse Ben with a power puncher, as his world-class wrestling has proven to be his meal ticket throughout his undefeated career (18-0-1). That said, “Funky’s” last two wins came via strikes.

“As long as Georges isn’t of the mindset that he would never fight me for reasons I outlined earlier, I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to. He hasn’t seemed to call out Whittaker or Tyron Woodley since his last fight got over. He needs a dance partner and I will come to Montreal and we will fill out the Bell Centre.’

Long considered one of the best 170-pound fighters in the world, Askren never competed inside the Octagon in large part to his beef with UFC president Dana White.

Still, many fight fans have clamored for a St-Pierre vs Askren showdown. But if it doesn’t happen down the road, don’t expect to see Askren compete in combat sports ever again.

As for Georges, he still hasn’t made up his mind regarding his next fight.