As soon as upon a time, Ben Askren was the speak of the city.
Forward of UFC London in 2019, the concept was that Askren would face Darren Until after he fought Jorge Masvidal.
After all, Masvidal would find yourself knocking out Until – earlier than occurring to demolish Askren months later with astest knockout in UFC historical past.
Nonetheless, previous to UFC London, Leon Edwards and Until had loads of phrases for the incoming Askren, however how instances change.
Now, the previous Bellator and ONE welterweight champion goes to face YouTuber turned skilled boxer Jake Paul in a boxing match on April 17.
Askren isn’t famed for his putting. He’s a world-class wrestler in each sense of the phrase, however striker? Not a lot.
Throughout an unique chat with Edwards, the welterweight contender on an eight-fight win streak commented on Askren’s upcoming flirt with boxing.
“He’s going to get knocked out, I’m severe,” Edwards insisted.
“It’s going to be unhealthy for MMA, man! I don’t know who agreed to this [laughs]. I don’t assume it’s going to be good for MMA and he’s going to get chinned. However, it’s going to be humorous to see.”
Edwards, in the meantime, is gearing as much as face Belal Muhammad on March 13 as he appears to finish 18 months of inactivity with a win that would get him a shot at Kamaru Usman’s UFC welterweight title subsequent.
Usman stated within the wake of his victory over Gilbert Burns he’d made it onerous for himself after he had cleared the division out primarily, however Edwards feels that’s just a little harsh on him.
The final time they fought was again in 2015 and issues are very completely different now.
“For certain [it’s harsh]. I used to be 22 or 23 then, it was a very long time in the past,” Edwards stated.
“I haven’t misplaced since. It’s certainly one of them; he has achieved good since I fought him that final battle, he’s beat loads of good guys, however I’m proper up there and have labored my approach again up.
“I mud myself off and relearned my skillset. I haven’t misplaced since and I’ve put a win streak collectively that nobody else has achieved.
“I’ve confirmed my case that I’m greater than prepared for a title shot and I’ve put myself ready to get the title shot. So hopefully we are able to get it on this yr. The summer time or the tip of the yr.”