The Welterweight division has arguably been one of the most interesting divisions in 2018, as contenders have risen up one after another, going as far as causing a bit of a bottleneck when it comes to the title race. And 2019 seems to be even more promising for the 170-pound weight class, as Ben Askren has finally made his way to the Octagon and is expected to face off against Robbie Lawler at the upcoming UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Calling out pretty much the entire division — and some who aren’t in the weight class — “Funky” intends to pick off every contender one-by-one. Among the men in his cross-hairs is Colby Covington, the interim champion who still can’t seem to lock down a title fight against division champion Tyron Woodley.
“Chaos,” however, says a fight between he and Askren is going to be one that will prove difficult to get a green light on.
“Ben Askren, the only thing we have in common…I have a real belt, he has some belts from back in the day that don’t even matter anymore. But let’s be honest, no commission would approve this fight. He is not even ranked in the top 100,” said Colby on a recent edition of the Ariel Helwani MMA Show.
“It would be a slaughter and it wouldn’t be competitive. If that 36-year old virgin builds himself up and becomes a draw, then no problem. I will send him back to the back of the line just like everybody else,’ he concluded.
Despite Kamaru Usman showing off a signed contract that indicated he will get the next title shot against “The Chosen One,” Colby says it’s simply not going to happen as he fully intends to be the one to fight Woodley at UFC 235.
As for Askren vs Covington, that may not happen as soon as fight fans would like if “Chaos” has a say in the matter.