Following his dominant win over Ben Askren at at Beat the Street’s “Grapple at the Garden,” UFC president Dana White has expressed his interest at seeing Jordan Burroughs compete in the UFC.
Burroughs defeated Askren by 11-0, winning by technical fall in the second period. Askren, who is undefeated in MMA and made his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler back in March, was an accomplished freestyle wrestler himself before transitioning over to MMA after competing at the 2008 Olympic games.
Talking on The Jim Rome Show earlier this week, White spoke about his interest in Burroughs and the history behind his and Askren’s relationship.
“Yeah, listen, I’m always interested in, you know, these guys that are considered the best athletes in whatever it is they do wanting to come to the UFC,” White said. “Yeah, obviously I’d be very interested. (Transcription via BJPenn.com)
“Askren is a very interesting guy. He and I have a long history of smack talk between us, and then he retired and was interested in coming into the UFC, and I think timing is everything, and the timing was right for him to come, and he’s been fun since he’s been here.“
Olympic champion Burroughs did recently state he wants “one MMA fight,” so maybe White’s interest might just actually materialize. Askren will compete against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239.