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Ben Askren Offers To Snap Retirement, Return Against Nate Diaz: ‘He Sucks At MMA’

Former UFC welterweight contender, Ben Askren has offered to help veteran Stockton fan-favorite, Nate Diaz fulfill his contractual obligations with the promotion, claiming that the latter “sucks at MMA” after Diaz criticized the veteran’s boxing ability recently on display against Jake Paul.

Askren, a former UFC welterweight contender, and former ONE Championship, and Bellator MMA welterweight champion, called time on his professional mixed martial arts career back in November 2019, ending his storied career with a pair of stoppage defeats.

The Iowa native competed three times under the UFC’s banner following his monumental trade from ONE Championship which saw former flyweight kingpin, Demetrious Johnson move the other way — establishing a 1-2 record from those three outings.

In his time away from the Octagon, Askren dropped a professional boxing debut against the aforenoted, Paul earlier this year in April, which recently drew criticism from Diaz.

Taking umbrage with Diaz’s comments regarding his boxing ability, or apparent lack thereof — Askren claimed he would return to the USADA testing pool tomorrow if Diaz wished to settle their differences inside the Octagon.

Nate [Diaz] is right, I suck at boxing,” Askren tweeted tonight. “He sucks at MMA. If he wants me to prove it I can be in the USADA pool tomorrow. Would be happy to be the last fight on his contract.

Last featuring in June as part of the first five round, non-title, non-headlining bout in the history of the UFC, Diaz suffered a unanimous decision defeat against Leon Edwards. The loss came as Diaz’s second consecutively.

With just one fight left on his current UFC contract, the Stockton native still has yet to pen a fight contract to fulfill his contractual obligations with the organization.

Diaz has been linked to potential matchups against the likes of Vicente Luque, Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev, and a trilogy rubber match against Conor McGregor, none of which have come to fruition.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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