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Ben Askren predicts Georges St-Pierre fight: He will mentally break in the fifth round

Ben Askren still sees himself fighting Georges St-Pierre in 2019, as he now offers an elaborate prediction of what will happen.

Retired undefeated welterweight fighter Ben Askren has been wanting to fight Georges St-Pierre for a while now. In fact, he says he foresees a fight between them will be finalized for late 2019 in Montreal, Canada.

Now, “Funky” is offering a prediction of how the fight will happen, where he unsurprisingly sees himself as the victor. However, he feels it would be an ugly night for the two-division UFC champion in the process.

“Here’s what I think happens, because the one thing I have over him is I have the wrestling advantage and I don’t get tired, and that’s usually what he’s relied on in the last, say, 10 to 12 fights or so,” Askren said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I think he’s very tough to take down early. I think he’s very tough. I think he’s probably going to win the striking battle, but one of the things, I never take a lot of damage. I just don’t get hit a lot. That’s what I’m good at.”

Askren believes he would be able to wear St-Pierre down so badly, that he ends up winning via a late stoppage.

“And over the course of the second and third round, I start to wear him down, my takedowns become more effective,” he continued. “By the third and fourth round, I’ve started dominating with my top game. He’s used to being on top — he can’t get me off of the top. If he does get a momentary glimpse of hope, I’m back on him, no problem.

“And in the fifth round, he mentally breaks and he says, ‘I can’t do this anymore, I’ve never been in this position in my life,’ and he lets me finish him.”

“TKO. He just says, ‘I’m done with this sh-t.’”

From his end, St-Pierre is not at all interested in a fight against Askren and is looking for a fight that would enhance his legacy, if he does decide to make a comeback.