Report: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler targeted for UFC 233

Report: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler targeted for UFC 233

Ben Askren has his position in the UFC, and now he has his first fight.

By Oscar Willis - 6 Nov 2018

It looks as if Ben Askren has his first UFC fight, and just like UFC president Dana White suggested it would be, it’s a top five opponent.

In a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Askren will be making his promotional debut on January 26 in Anaheim, California at UFC 233 against former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. It marks Lawler’s first fight since suffering a torn ACL last December in a bout with Rafael Dos Anjos.

It also means Askren is meeting with the one member of the top five welterweights in the UFC’s 170-pound division who he doesn’t have any issues with. Since his trade to the UFC, Askren has gone on a promotional tour and repeatedly lobbed insults at his peers, such as Darren Till, Colby Covington and more.

In a media scrum backstage at UFC 230, Askren said of the former champion: “Lawler, he seems like a nice guy. I actually like him, but I’ll fight him, no big deal.”

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