The UFC is currently considering Ben Askren v. Demian Maia once Askren’s medical suspension is up this September. The fight will take place sometime after his suspension is up – likely not until late fall.
UFC is currently discussing booking Ben Askren vs. Demian Maia once Askren’s medical suspension is up in September, according to sources.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 23, 2019
Askren, coming off a devastating loss to Jorge Masvidal (clip below), would look to bounce back with a win over the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Meanwhile, Maia is currently 27-9 with a two-fight win streak. He also took a decision win over Masvidal in May 2017.
Askren’s last fight against a submission specialist was against Shinya Aoki in November 2017, which he won by TKO. Maia, however, has proven that he can handle strikers.
If this matchup happens – who do you think takes it? Will Funky pull something off, or will Maia dominate?