Ben Askren certainly hasn’t been afraid to criticize Johny Hendricks in the past, but following the latter’s weight cutting disaster prior to UFC 192, the ONE champ is really letting “Bigg Rigg” have it.
Now, if you’re fairly new to the MMA world, or severely restrict your combat sports diet to just UFC content, then you might not know who Askren is. Well, “Funky” is a ridiculously decorated and talented wrestler, who was Bellator’s welterweight champ, before he signed with ONE Championship. Askren is also one of the best interviews in the sport, since chances are he’s never been called “reserved” or “soft spoken”.
Case in point, while talking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here is some of what the 14-0 fighter had to say about Hendricks, and what went down prior to UFC 192. If you’re unaware, Hendricks was supposed to fight Woodley at the October 3rd event, but encountered serious issues during his weight cut and had to pull out.
“Do you really think it’s a good idea to show up 26 pounds over?” Askren said, in reference to Dana White’s claim that Hendricks as 196 pounds when he arrived in Houston for UFC 192. “You’ve got to be an idiot to do something like that. Sure, it might have worked once or twice before, but it’s definitely not the best way to do things.”
“Either he’s getting lazy or he just thinks he can do certain things that he can’t do or he’s just getting older,” Askren said. “I don’t know what it is, but being 26 pounds over is ridiculous.”
Since the weight-cutting disaster, Hendricks has claimed that a heavy diet of deer meat, is what ultimately led to the setback. The former champ plans to do another trial cut in the coming weeks, with the hopes of remaining in the 170 division.
Askren, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Luis Santos at ONE Championship’s November 13th card in Singapore.