A guy who always seems to have something negative to say but always gives a positive performance in the cage is former Bellator Welterweight Champion and current ONE FC Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren (14-0). Askren went on ESPN and seemingly echoed the same comments that former number 1 UFC Light Heavyweight Contender Daniel Cormier had to say about Jon Jones.
“Jon’s just a person that not a lot of people like,” Askren told ESPN’s MMA Live Extra. “I think lots of times he tries to act like this nice, humble guy but he’s really a douche and everyone knows that. Now it’s starting to come out and people are starting to realize it. He just needs to play him and stop faking who he is.”
Askren criticizes Jones’s recently failed drug test and backs the sport of MMA as if to say that one bad egg doesn’t spoil the whole bunch.
“I don’t think it really has anything to say about the sport,” said Askren. “It’s an individual’s poor choices that led him to do that. It doesn’t say everyone in MMA is doing cocaine. Len Bias dies and no one put that on the NBA. We’ve had a lot of other things happen in other sports so I don’t think that says anything about the sport of MMA. I think it says a lot about Jon Jones’ poor choices.”
Ben Askren switched gears to address CM Punk, whom he was very harsh on in comments made on his twitter account,
“He’s been in the gym,” said Askren. “He’s been a really hard worker. Very humble. It’s been a really good experience so far and I would expect that to continue. Obviously I was critical in the beginning,” said Askren. “When they signed him I said some critical things. I would say that was the UFC’s choice, a very interesting one at that, and you know what? After being around CM Punk, or Phil, for a while, I don’t think he has any illusions about how crazy it is that he’s going to fight the first fight ever in his life in the UFC, which is something a lot of people train a long time for. I think he understands the challenge he’s in for and he’s working hard to prepare the best he can.”