Last week, I wrote an article arguing that newly-crowned, ONE FC welterweight champion and former Bellator champion, Ben Askren, should stay with ONE FC. I argued that not only would the “funky” one be treated better under ONE than under the UFC, but that with ONE’s gradual expansion over Asia, there is a good chance it could compete with the UFC one day.

Well, it appears the undefeated, former Olympian and I are in agreement. In a recent interview with Inside MMA, Askren confirmed that he was being treated well in ONE FC, and that the company was a “rapidly growing” organization. When asked if he could make a career fighting in ONE, Askren answered:

“I can one-hundred percent make a career fighting in ONE FC. Not only are they a great organization and taking great care of me, they’re a rapidly growing organization.”

Much of the interview centered on Askren’s dislike of UFC president, Dana White. “Funky” described the “Baldfather” as a “chameleon” who frequently changed his stance on fighters. Askren also warned that many fighters would leave the UFC if it didn’t start treating them better, and that organizations like Bellator and ONE would threaten the MMA giant’s monopoly.

The entire interview can be seen below:

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Chris Zahar is an American-born journalist. He has been covering Asian MMA since 2013, and his work has been featured in both Fight of the Night and Yahoo Sports. He has also interviewed such top Asian, ONE FC stars as Rob Lisita, Paul Cheng, and Sam "Sung Ming Yen." Chris also has the honor of training at TOUGH MMA, the only Taiwanese fight team to have exclusive partnership with ONE Fighting Championship. In his spare time, Chris not only enjoys mixed martial arts, but studies politics, philosophy, and Chinese. He is also happily married and a proud father to his son. Chris resides in Taiwan.

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