Monday, April 15

Ben Askren weighs in on Dana White’s UFC 300 centerpiece statement: “You let us down a bit”

Ben Askren is weighing in on Dana White’s UFC 300 centerpiece statement.

UFC 300 is now less than 2 months away, occurring on Saturday, April 13th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

The previous Bellator and ONE champ, Ben Askren, is voicing his frustration with Dana White’s current statement that the centerpiece for the historical UFC 300 is a light heavyweight title battle in between Alex Pereira (9-2 MMA) and Jamahal Hill (12-1 MMA).

Pereira, the present titleholder, will be putting his gold on the line when entering into the battle with Hill, having actually beat his last 2 challengers, Jan Blachowicz (20-10 MMA) and Jiri Prochazka (29-4 MMA) respectively.

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Hill, 32, has actually shown triumphant in his last 4 battles in the Octagon, most just recently beating Glover Teixeira (33-9 MMA) in January of 2023 at UFC 283.

It was throughout a current episode of ‘Funky & & the Champ’ podcast together with Daniel Cormier that Ben Askren voiced his take on the Pereira vs. Hill statement:

“You understand, this is what I inform my professional athletes. Dana, you attempted your finest. You strove to get something. You let us down a bit, however it takes place often! We can’t all be the very best each time.”

Continuing, ‘Funky’ elaborated on the extremely expected UFC 300 (h/t MMANews):

“Now, these are excellent battles, this (centerpiece) is an enjoyable battle, this is an excellent battle card. It does not feel UFC 300ish, it does not. We required something a little larger, like Pereira vs. (Tom) Aspinall, Jon Jones returning, (Conor) McGregor vs. (Michael) Chandler. He (White) attempted, he attempted to make it occur … I will be delighted to see, however it does not have the feel that– you keep in mind UFC 100?”

The UFC 300 lineup is as follows:

  • Champ Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill– for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway– for BMF title
  • Champ Weilli Zhang vs. Xiaonan Yan– for strawweight title
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Arman Tsarukyan
  • Kayla Harrison vs. Holly Holm
  • Calvin Kattar vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Jiri Prochazka vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Diego Lopes vs. Sodiq Yusuff
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Marina Rodriguez
  • Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller
  • Cody Brundage vs. Bo Nickal
  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt

Do you concur with Ben Askren that although UFC 300 has a great deal of fantastic battles, it’s missing out on the ‘huge one’?

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