There is something “Funky” going on when an unbeaten Olympian who held Bellator gold can’t get a sniff from the UFC. The 12-0 Askren recently made a statement saying he’d fight in the Octagon for free if given a chance. While Askren’s style occasionally leaves a lot to be desired, there are numerous fighters on the company’s roster who employ similar strategies but lack his credentials and intangibles. Likewise, Askren’s ground and pound is vicious. He doesn’t just sit on opponents – he peppers them with strikes and seeks submissions. Hell, half his wins involve finishes including TKOs in his last two tilts. Additionally, Askren has a marketable personality and doesn’t mind turning up the showmanship when necessary. If the UFC is truly aimed at determining who the best fighter in the world is at a particular weight, there’s no reason Askren shouldn’t be scooped up immediately.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from a few new match-ups to the UFC’s decision to entertain a new division to, of course, the fallout from UFC 167. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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