Ben Askren is in London, England for UFC Fight Night 147 / UFC on ESPN+ 5 and has been making headlines for some of the comments he has made during media interviews and Q&A’s. One of the things he has been consistent about is who he feels is going to win the welterweight fight between Darren Till vs Jorge Masvidal.
He told MMA Junkie;
“I think Darren Till is going to win. I think its going to be a stand-up fight. I think that’s obvious. I think neither one likes to wrestle too much. Me, I think there’s a chance we might see whoever is getting the worst of it… the stand-up goes for the take down but I don’t think either one of them are that great at getting take downs so I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Askren stated that he thinks Till is “younger, bigger, stronger” and feels that Darren is the stronger fighter overall. His assessment of the two opponent’s wrestling abilities not only comes from the expertise he has earned during his ten-year MMA career but also his background in amateur wrestling. Askren is a celebrated Division 1 NCAA wrestler and was part of Team USA at the 2008 Olympics.
When asked whether he should be facing the winner of the match, Ben stated that match makes a lot of sense. Masvidal is currently ranked 11th in the division while Askren is currently ranked 6th. A Masvidal win over the third ranked Darren Till would move Masvidal way up the rankings and either fight would be “a great fight” for him.
Ben also discussed the potential Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington match for the UFC Welterweight title. The match hasn’t been announced yet but he feels that if he were fighting for the title it would be a much bigger fight, would draw more fans to the event and sell more pay-per-views. He believes that the Usman vs. Covington event would need another strong match and couldn’t main event a card on its own while Usman vs. Askren wouldn’t have the same issue.
Darren Till also got into the mix during a Q&A session. During the interview Askren was asked about a rematch against Robbie Lawler. Askren stated he didn’t want that fight and wants to fight Till, who he informed the crowd was backstage. Till parted the curtains with a huge smile on his face and gave Askren the finger before leaving the area to the cheers of the fans and press in attendance.
Darren Till (17-1-1) vs Jorge Masvidal (32-13) headlines UFC Fight Night 147 / UFC on ESPN+ 5 this Saturday, March 16. The event takes place from The O2 Arena in London, England.