For those of you chumps who don’t surf the web during work hours (all three of you), you may have missed the news that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is considering a trade with ONE Championship in Asia, one that would send Demetrious Johnson to Singapore in exchange for ex-welterweight champion Ben Askren.
Who is apparently back from his trip to Pluto.
Nothing is finalized at this time, but “Funky” has been talking up a potential Octagon debut in 2019 and you know what they say about smoke and fire. Speaking of which, Twitter was ablaze with the news, with some of the top reactions listed below.
Trades...— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) October 24, 2018
Trade me, I have tremendous equity. https://t.co/8tUVpDplke— Ragin' Al (@IAQUINTAREALTY) October 24, 2018
This is getting Fun !!!! A lot of history being made @MightyMouseUFC IMO is , and will be for a long time the best to do it— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 24, 2018
Re UFC/ONEc Johnson/Askren trade rumor - the standard language in Zuffa contracts (as disclosed during the Alvarez lawsuit) allows them to trade athletes pic.twitter.com/Yg4qXtjBex— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) October 24, 2018
Trade Michael Chandler for the two Diaz Brothers. https://t.co/WEFLiogrom— MiddleEasy (@MiddleEasy) October 24, 2018
Some people don’t understand how good @Benaskren is. They just don’t get it.— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 24, 2018
The Askren hive astounds me.— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) October 24, 2018
He's 34 years old and one of his highest profile wins post-Bellator is beating up a past-his-prime Shinya Aoki. https://t.co/kNbt52P5z5
People may not agree with me but I like the idea of Ben Askren vs. Kamaru Usman.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) October 24, 2018
Of course I know Ben wants those 'super fight' kind of matchups like fighting GSP but just not sure that would happen.#UFC
Despite his undefeated record, complementing his welterweight titles in both Bellator MMA and ONE Championship, Askren (18-0, 1 NC) was never considered one of the all-time greats at 170 pounds, simply because of his level of competition.
That can all change with a couple of big wins in UFC, but don’t expect to hear from Georges St-Pierre.
As for Johnson (27-3-1), he's likely to run the table at 125 pounds when he touches down in Asia. Nothing is official at this time, but it sounds more like a matter of “when” as opposed to “if,” so we'll keep you posted just as soon as there are any new developments.
Or if we hear from any “insecure scumbags.”