Ben Askren Trade

MMA Pros React to Demetrious Johnson & Ben Askren Trade

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial art promotion company which is located in Las Vegas. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters. It produces numerous events worldwide.

Well, if you missed the news reported by ESPN.com, here’s an update for you. The UFC and One Championship finalized on a deal to exchange Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren.

The UFC has plenty of fighters where they can get favorable returns in the future years to come. The other organizations can also benefit from the UFC-caliber contenders to enter their ranks.

Steven Rondina and Nathan McCarter promise to give six trades for the MMA world.

Demian Maia and Anthony Pettis for The Professional Fighter League Trio

The PFL added three martial artists namely Ray Cooper III, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Lance Palmer with a view to adding more depth and more top-level fighters in its list.

Cooper and Nurmagomedov go into the packed welterweight category. Cooper has been on a nice run, scoring two recent victories against Jake Shields. Palmer is indeed the best addition of the group, a talented grappler to throw into a featherweight division.

What Should UFC Give up on?

Demian Maia is ageing and Anthony Pettis will not contend for a belt again. The PFL currently requires recognizable faces. Maia and Pettis are not UFC title contenders. They are threats to win any tournament or belt in the PFL. But since both are in the top 10 of their respective divisions, the PFL could proclaim it boasts two of the best in the world. But the case is not so.

Teruto Ishihara for Daron Cruickshank

Cruickshank is a fun-loving guy to watch in the UFC. But joining with Japan’s Rizin FF in 2016, he has proved himself to be one of the most fascinating men in the business. The question definitely arises as to whether Cruickshank is a championship material. Not really. But he is sure to guarantee you some amazing action.

Nick Diaz for Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko is the one who got away from UFC. He is one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of MMA and is regarded by many as the best fighter of all time. This is indeed a perfect time for a new start. With UFC looking for brand fighters for its promotion, Fedor is certainly a wise choice.

Nate Diaz for Michael Page

Diaz is extremely outspoken and can be a hindrance for the UFC. On the other hand, Michael Page is a star in the UFC’s welterweight division and that division, in particular, requires Page’s personality as he is indeed a perfect choice to attract the fans.

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