It looks as if we may finally have some answers as to when former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren will make it UFC debut. According to a report by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Ben Askren vs Robbie Lawler is being targets for UFC 233 on January 26 in Anaheim, California.
Breaking: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler targeted for UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, per Dana White. Contracts are not signed yet from what I’m told, but UFC is working on getting it finalized. Story up soon on @ESPN.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 6, 2018
Askren who is undefeated at 18-0 and 1 no contest, announced his retirement last year after he defeated Shinya Aoki. He was sent to the UFC after a massive trade deal just days ago that sent former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to ONE.
Lawler (28-10-0, 1 NC) has earned one win and one loss since losing his UFC welterweight title to Tyron Woodley in July 2016. Lawler defeated Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone by unanimous decision, but then dropped a fight to former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos last December.
Neither Lawler or Askren have competed in 2018.
The proposed fight has not yet been made official by the UFC.