This Saturday night Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren will face Season 4 tournament winner Jay Hieron. Both of these fighters have some serious wrestling credentials after success on the collegiate level, though there is no comparing Askren’s superiority on the mat – a point “Funky” himself is quick to point out.
The curly-coiffed Askren recently elaborated on how dominant a performance he expects to have at Bellator 56 against Hieron, also explaining why he has a personal issue with the Xtreme Couture fighter’s demeanor as well.
“I think this is going to be very one-sided,” Askren explained to MMAWeekly.
Askren detailed his technical superiority, saying, “I think No. 1, for starters, I think he’s got cardio that’s not too great. I think we saw that in the Rick Hawn fight and even in the Brent Weedman fight. We saw Weedman win the third round. He definitely gets tired as the fight goes on and we’re in a five-round fight.”
“Secondly, he’s got decent wrestling, but if I want to take him down, I’m going to take him down, and I want to take him down, so I will. That’s just a fact,” Askren continued. “Then No. 3, I don’t think he’s very good off his back and that makes for a really bad match-up for him.”
Askren also expressed his feelings on Hieron’ attitude coming into the fight, stating, “I think what irks me the most is how arrogant he’s being after his last two decisions, which a good majority of people think could have both went against him. I’ve heard a fair amount of people say Bellator fixes fights because Jay Hieron won his last two fights, and yet he’s so arrogant and thinks he’s better than these guys, but he should just be thanking his lucky stars that he got both those decisions.”
Based on his skill and dislike of Hieron, Askren also made it clear that he wants to finish his foe on Saturday night.
“If I won two decisions that were that damn close, I’d be saying ”˜You know what, I can’t let a fight be that close anymore.’ I’ve went to decisions, but if you watch all my fights, no one can debate who won the fight, it’s pretty stinking clear. That kind of rubs me the wrong way about him. When we fight, if I’m not able to finish him I’ll make it very, very clear who the winner is.”
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