Has Ben Askren Had One Of The Most Wasted Careers In MMA?

Discussion in 'Worldwide MMA Discussion' started by ChosenMMA, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. ChosenMMA

    ChosenMMA Part Of DC Nation & The Cruz & Velasquez Wagon

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Messages:
    2,009
    Likes Received:
    3,844
    Location:
    Eating Deer Meat With Johny Hendricks
    I am talking in terms of competing to the best level of peers that can match his level, I ask this because of the amount of times I come across videos online of names in UFC talking about how good he is etc.

    Here is one I just came across, Chael Sonnen talks practise room story of Askren & Woodley


    He barely fights now, he was rumoured to fight Santos in a rematch in December but never fought at all & is really wasting his prime years away considering he was just dominating during his Bellator title reign, fair enough Koreshkov was roar as hell but he made him look awful in there, had a good win over Lima, those guys are the top guys at Bellator now.

    His ONE FC run has been lackluster, looked poor against Santos and he tried to be more fan friendly against Aleksakhin with striking but it was still lackluster.

    He should have been in the UFC, yes he hasn't got the style to market, but obviously gets well paid for fighting over in Asia for ONE.

    [​IMG]
     
    DLX, agibmxmma, WouldNotBang and 3 others like this.
  2. 007

    007 License to Kill

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2004
    Messages:
    10,092
    Likes Received:
    8,628
    Location:
    USA
    yes
     
  3. BEATDOWNS

    BEATDOWNS Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Messages:
    5,197
    Likes Received:
    3,683
    My god that is "One" ugly ass belt. lol
     
  4. ThinkBig500

    ThinkBig500 Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2013
    Messages:
    5,686
    Likes Received:
    2,378
    Who cares
     
    copyandpasteguy likes this.
  5. Megatronlee

    Megatronlee Black Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Messages:
    7,241
    Likes Received:
    6,011
    Location:
    BOSTON VIA FLORIDA
    He getting paid
     
    ChosenMMA likes this.
  6. ReturnoftheKing

    ReturnoftheKing Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2014
    Messages:
    593
    Likes Received:
    811
    At least he's fighting. CMcG is spending a year of his prime in Lamaze class.
     
  7. Only Here for Attachments

    Only Here for Attachments I'm on the prowl... for sexy attachments!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    8,629
    Likes Received:
    18,225
  8. BisexualMMA

    BisexualMMA Don't Put My Name in the Name of Steroids!

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    31,534
    Likes Received:
    50,695
    Location:
    Super Fight League Corporate HQ
    He's up there, but it's not like he didn't try to get into the UFC.

    There are also a few question marks about guys like Cole Konrad.
     
    Dangus, Rozko, xmovingparts and 4 others like this.
  9. GoldenAzazel

    GoldenAzazel Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2015
    Messages:
    5,180
    Likes Received:
    7,183
    The guy has had 3 fights since August 2014. In that time Conor has had 7 fights and won 2 belts (3 if you count the interim).
     
    DLX, CC27, Rvd Slmr and 1 other person like this.
  10. Smoking Indoors

    Smoking Indoors Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card Yellow Card Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    Messages:
    3,983
    Likes Received:
    5,611
    I think I personally had the biggest waste of a career. I never made it to the UFC and now post on Sherdog. Go fund me.
     
  11. FranOlivetto

    FranOlivetto Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2016
    Messages:
    3,218
    Likes Received:
    5,492
    Location:
    Oklahoma City
    Yeah i agree. From MMA to latin music WAR Blonde Khabib

    [​IMG]
     
  12. ZackZed

    ZackZed Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2012
    Messages:
    5,739
    Likes Received:
    3,725
    Vitaly Minakov is right up there with him.
     
    DLX, Cheapshart and panzer723 like this.
  13. Kung Fu Tze

    Kung Fu Tze Draw that Smokewagon !!! Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Messages:
    30,255
    Likes Received:
    31,966
    Location:
    Victoria Tx
    I just want to see him against a top tier fighter.
     
    xmovingparts and ChosenMMA like this.
  14. Bend NvR Break

    Bend NvR Break Standing still is actually moving back

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2015
    Messages:
    16,847
    Likes Received:
    17,061
    Location:
    Chicagoland, USA
    Damn I wish Askren was in the UFC.

    There are actually a bunch of really good 170ers that aren't in the UFC that could easily shake up the top ten.

    Daley, MVP, palhares, Fitch, Rory, Okami and Askren are some names.
     
  15. ChosenMMA

    ChosenMMA Part Of DC Nation & The Cruz & Velasquez Wagon

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Messages:
    2,009
    Likes Received:
    3,844
    Location:
    Eating Deer Meat With Johny Hendricks
    Even if he got in with MacDonald, Lima & Koreshkov in Bellator again
     
    Kung Fu Tze likes this.
  16. Alanf7

    Alanf7 Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2015
    Messages:
    4,761
    Likes Received:
    15,131
    Location:
    Amsterdam
    Not as wasted as his singing career.
     
  17. xmovingparts

    xmovingparts Green Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2014
    Messages:
    1,163
    Likes Received:
    560
    Absolutely in terms of competition. He certainly won't call it wasted but from the outside-in, while it's great to hear him or Marlon Moraes over in WSOF claim they're more than happy where they are with the payout. But the fan in me just wants them to face suitable competition.
     
  18. DaveHilly

    DaveHilly Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Messages:
    5,655
    Likes Received:
    1,717
    Well it really depends how you judge what success means in an MMA career.

    Has he thrown away the chance to be widely regarded as one of the best fighters in the world? Yea totally, although its not really his fault because the UFC showed no interest in him.

    However, he makes way more per fight in ONE FC than he ever would have in the UFC without winning a belt. So if its just based on how much he gets paid then yea its a successful career.
     
    Minowafanatic and Bend NvR Break like this.
  19. Mr.Maelstrom

    Mr.Maelstrom Girl in my av is MINE! DONT ASK HER NAME!

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2016
    Messages:
    3,127
    Likes Received:
    5,008
    I've Ben askren myself that for a long time
     
    Richard Fannin, Cid, rpn453 and 17 others like this.
  20. panzer723

    panzer723 Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2014
    Messages:
    3,139
    Likes Received:
    2,435
    Location:
    Vancouver,BC. Canada
    Yup Askren and Minakov are wasted high level talents, and One Championship sucks.
     
    LNwolf87 likes this.

Share This Page