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GSP on Ben Askren: If He Signs, I’ll Fight Him. No Problem

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Bellator Welterweight Champ and current free agent Ben Askren has seldom poked fun at Canadian UFC Welterweight Champ Georges St. Pierre.

For the most part, GSP has avoided talking about Ben Askren until now.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, when asked if he would like to fight Ben Askren, the Canadian superstar responded, “Of course.”

Not known to be the usual trash talker, GSP expressed his interest in fighting the American wrestler in a fairly benign tone:

“He’s a good fighter, undefeated, and yes, if he comes, I’ll fight him. No problem.”

St. Pierre is currently scheduled to face Johny Hendricks on November 16th at UFC 167. So he’ll have to worry about “Big Rigg” before he thinks about fighting Ben Askren, who hasn’t even signed with the UFC, and it’s not even clear if he will.

The undefeated Askren is currently 12-0, having six decisions, three knockouts and three submissions under his belt. He is currently considered the only top welterweight fighter who is not on the UFC roster.

UFC President Dana White has expressed interest in signing Askren in the past, but as of yet, no official talks have ever come to fruition.

Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has said confidently before that Askren would defeat GSP in an actual fight, and even offered to release Askren from any restrictions in his contract in order to allow him to fight GSP.

Dana White scrapped the offer. White has not had a history of willingness to do business with other MMA organizations.

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Steve Sohanaki
Steve became interested in combat sports when he joined his high school’s wrestling team as freshman. His experience as a wrestler sparked his interest in mixed martial arts when he recognized the compatibility between the two sports. From there, he continued to wrestle all throughout college until he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. Steve’s interests in combat sports center mostly around grappling, but he’s also interested in the history of the sport and where it’s headed in the future.