Ben Askren and Demian Maia cordially agree to fight on October 26

Ben Askren and Demian Maia cordially agree to fight on October 26

Askren vs. Maia appears to be inching closer to reality.

By Oscar Willis - 3 Aug 2019

Sometimes in mixed martial arts, there is trash talk, bad feelings and general ill wishes from one fighter to another.

For whatever reason, Ben Askren and Demian Maia have decided to skip all that, and last night had a nice, cordial chat about when they should fight.

Maia was taking part in a Q&A on his Twitter account, when he was asked who was the toughest grappler he’d faced inside the Octagon during his UFC career. In his answer, the Brazilian said he was unsure, but pointed at Askren as someone who could fit that bill should they ever compete.

Askren saw the tweet, and immediately threw out the date of October 26 (which is when the UFC returns to Singapore) as a potential meeting point.

Should the contest take place, it would be a huge styles bout between a grinding wrestler and one of the greatest jiu-jitsu practitioners to ever fight in UFC gloves. It would also be the first time Ben Askren has fought since his stunning 5 second loss to Jorge Masvidal last month.

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