The unprecedented “trade” between former ONE Championship welterweight fighter Ben Askren and ex-UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is the subject of headlines these days. As predicted, it was met by mixed reactions from observers.
One of those who will be directly affected by this would-be transaction is Colby Covington, who will likely cross paths with Askren, should it come to fruition. And of course, “Chaos” did not mince his words when asked for his reaction.
“Ben Askren is a joke. They guy has no skills,” Covington told Submission Radio. He hasn’t hurt a fly in 10 years. He was like in mount on the Russian for five rounds and didn’t put one scratch on the guy’s face. So, I mean, the guy can’t strike. He’s scared to strike. I mean, it’s an easy fight, but he’s got a padded record so we’ll see what happens.”
Covington is currently slated to face Tyron Woodley for the 170-pound title in a date that has yet to be determined. Askren is calling for a fight against Woodley himself, but Covington says he would need to earn his spot first.
“He’s a jobber, he has a padded record. He hasn’t fought anybody. If he comes over to the UFC, let him work his way up,” Covington said of Askren. He’s gotta earn his way up. He hasn’t done anything worthy. But the guy’s a joke. He’s not on my level. He knows it. He wants to say these things.
“He’s old, he’s past his time too, man. And this is my time now. All these guys know it. That’s why all these guys wanna fight me now, because they know it’s my time. And when they lose to me it’s gonna be the biggest pay check they ever get, to lose to me.”
The 34-year-old Askren (18-0, with 1 NC and 11 wins by stoppage), last fought in November 2017, where he defeated Shinya Aoki. It was also slated to be his retirement fight before this opportunity arose.