The recent trade between the UFC and ONE Championship which saw longtime pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson and undefeated middleweight Ben Askren swap their career is one of the biggest stories to develop this year, as it opens up a whole new can of worms as to how the different entities in the sport of mixed martial arts will co-exist.
ONE have already announced the arrival of ‘Mighty Mouse’, who incidentally will fight at 135-pounds in his new home, but the UFC hasn’t yet done the same for their newest addition to their welterweight roster — something which Askren has openly questioned today.
Hey @ufc are you gonna make an announcement? You are like that guy with a GF who’s embarrassed to tell his buddies even when everyone knows! Ha ha ha you know you love me.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 30, 2018
“Hey UFC are you going to make an announcement?” Askren asked on Twitter. “You are like that guy with a GF who’s embarrassed to tell his buddies even when everyone knows!”
The details of Askren’s debut still remain unknown. It wouldn’t be unusual for a fighter of his caliber to be awarded an immediate title shot in his first bout for his new company but a longstanding friendship with current champion Tyron Woodley has ruled that out.
Instead, names like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre are being mooted with the latter, in this writer’s opinion, being the most mouth-watering of the bunch.
Dana White appears to have not made any immediate decisions. He told TMZ: “Obviously, he’s gonna come into the welterweight division. 170 pounds. He’s undefeated, he’s their champion. So we’re excited about it. He’s definitely gonna fight somebody in the top five.”