Woodley had been the UFC's 170-pound champ since July 2016 and defended the belt four times before losing to the Nigerian fighter.
Askren spoke to Joe Rogan during his appearance on his podcast earlier this year and explained how comments he had made in the past about Dana, the UFC, and their stance on drug-testing (at the time) may have contributed to the UFC president's dislike for him.
"I don't care what Uncle Fester has to say".
Stylistically, Lawler poses exactly the kind of problems that fans have wondered for years if Askren could deal with.
Next to grab the mic was Askren's opponent, former UFC champion Robbie Lawler. With a 16-1 overall record and a 3-0 record in the UFC, Zabit has the spotlight on him for a title shot, and showcasing on ESPN to the world will only help his case at a title shot.
Askren is at peace with this development, too.
After a canceled UFC 233 and a UFC 234 event that lost its main event at the last minute, the UFC looks to put on a big night of action with a stacked UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. "And I know everyone always has a chance", he said. "And I was not happy".
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"It feels good, it's been a long layoff", Lawler said. I've only had about 25 fights, so my job is to know that I am up against a huge challenger and to take him seriously.
Smith did not have the greatest start to 2018, losing by second-round TKO against Thiago Santos, but he turned it around in his next three fights. Also, at the much-anticipated UFC on ESPN 1 two weeks ago, Marley gave followers a strong underdog victor when he accurately predicted Andre Fili (+120) winning by decision over Myles Jury.
"I just felt like Ben wanted to compete against the best guys, be treated fairly, be paid well and keep dominating, so I didn't know if he had to be in the UFC to actually facilitate those wants and needs", Woodley said. I'm really excited about how much I'm learning still. Many people may think Askren is a boring fighter. It's without a doubt one of the most stacked cards of the year. The UFC shipped former flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson to One in exchange for Askren, and both fighters eagerly jumped at the opportunity. I think if Ben and him sat down and I could be there, maybe I could help.
"I think that's the pressure".
This is probably why White is throwing Askren to the wolves in his first UFC fight. Askren still hasn't talked to White at any length since the move.
"I just want an explanation why I'm not fighting for the belt this weekend".