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Covington: Robbie Lawler still has the chops to floor ‘Ben Asscream’

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After an undefeated run for both Bellator MMA and ONE Championship, which included 170-pound titles in each promotion, Olympic wrestler Ben Askren will make his long-awaited debut at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Opposing the “Funky” welterweight will be former division champion Robbie Lawler, absent for all of 2018, as “Ruthless” tries to turn back time when the cage door closes on Sat., Jan. 26, 2019 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Former interim champion, Colby Covington, likes his chances.

“He’s a 34-year-old virgin,” Covington told BJPenn.com about the debuting Askren. “Who retires before they even get to the UFC? Losers, that’s who. It should be criminal that they even let him in there with a top five fighter.”

“The guy’s a joke, man. No matter what your wrestling accomplishments are, you can’t bring that over here, over to the UFC and into fighting,” he continued. “You can’t live off your past. I could see Lawler turning it back one more time, I think he might have one more left hand to put that little Asscream on his ass.”

Admittedly, Ben Asscream is an improvement over TyQuil Woodley.

While there seems to be a growing movement to get away from rampant trash talk, evidenced by fighters jumping ship for greener respectable pastures, Covington and Askren are doubling down and calling out just about everyone under the sun.

Including each other.

There’s a built-in rivalry between the two, as Askren is a longtime friend and training partner of reigning UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, who is expected to fight “Colby Queefington” at some point in early 2019.

Maybe we can see Covington vs. Askren somewhere down the road if both parties win, or perhaps even if they both lose.