Stoppages don't come much more controversial than Ben Askren's victorious UFC debut

Tyron Woodley Kamaru Usman

Stylistically, Lawler poses exactly the kind of problems that fans have wondered for years if Askren could deal with.

Facing Robbie Lawler on the UFC 235 main-card on Saturday night, there has been the suggestion that Dana White has purposely given Ben a bad match-up in order to put this one to bed once and for all.

Brazil's Johnny Walker needed just 36 seconds to stop Canadian light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov in spectacular fashion Saturday on the undercard of UFC 235.

Askren is at peace with this development, too.

The UFC fighter known as the "Nigerian Nightmare" descends on Las Vegas this weekend for what hopes to be one of MMA's best fights of the year at UFC 235.

Lawler has an excellent anti-wrestling game, making him a particularly interesting test against Askren who is always the best grappler when he steps into the cage, no matter who he is facing. "I was happy. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do in life". And he has constantly spoken of his belief that he is the best welterweight fighter in the world. I can't be in a room with him.

Askren traveled a long way from suburban Milwaukee to the Vegas lights. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who was in attendance for the event, for all your live results and highlights throughout fight week. But before title challenger Kamaru Usman could demonstrate the skill set that has propelled him to the top of the division, fellow welterweight contender Colby Covington showed up in the crowd sporting his own championship belt.

The 31-year-old New Yorker controlled the fight from start to finish, using a dizzying array of kicks to control the distance and out-wrestling Smith against the fence. I see Askren winning by decision.

The co-main event featured the welterweight championship with Kamaru Usman taking the belt from Tyron Woodley.

"Right now I'm going to enjoy this win, go back to the drawing board and figure out ways to get better", Jones said. "Tonight, for sure, was a real learning lesson". He has sparred repeatedly on social media with White, who derided Askren as "the most boring fighter in MMA history" and an "absolute moron" before blocking Askren on Twitter.

Lawler sat astride the world-class wrestler, delivering several thudding blows to Askren's head, opening more than one cut in the process. "I think he was so far ahead of the curve when he came onto the scene, so far ahead of everybody, that he was this mythical creature, and no one could figure out his style".

"I think it left on decent terms, not bad terms. I didn't want to steal it". "Maybe he doesn't feel like he needs to, and that's fine".



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