TroyD92 wrote: cowboyronnie wrote:
Bernman wrote:Dana is proving Askren right in trying to set up the rematch already. There's nothing in it for Ben or the UFC if they want to sell him as a draw/contender. Otherwise they'd be moving forward with his career, controversy or not. They've done it before. The stoppage wound up to be the wrong call in hindsight, but without the benefit of that it was the correct one, and Lawler has himself partially to blame for not listening to instructions.
But who is the better **** fighter? Lawler has proven that his listening & response skills are not elite of the elite, that's about it. Other than that, he slammed Ben stupid and was close to stopping him moments earlier.
This is a competition and last night resolved nothing. It was a fluke circumstance. Run it back. If that interferes with a dream ascent of Askren, so be it.
Askren doesn't want
to fight Lawler, never did. He's 34 with a dad bod, let him
fight the Masvidals, Usmans, Tills of the world. People he actually has heat with before he retires.
But why??? Why curate him the perfect career? "Let him" get what he wants and "doesn't want"? The guy hadn't fought once in the God damn organization before Saturday. We're curating him a perfect cap to his career, despite him having decided to spend the majority of it out of the UFC?
If this is what you're calling for, don't complain about any non-competition decisions the UFC ever makes.
Analogy: Arvydas Sabonis decided to cap his career in the NBA at like 36 after years in Europe. The NBA didn't then delegate head-to-head playoffs so that we got to see Sabonis vs Robinson, Sabonis vs Shaq. Ohh, you know what would be great, Sabonis vs Jordan as his final season? The two GOATs!! Switch Portland's conference, if you need to, I want to see that!!!!!
Meanwhile, a Robinson of MMA - Lawler - just got jacked out of a legit competition. And we're letting Sabonis step over him because Sabonis "doesn't want" a re-match but would prefer to test himself against Shaq for a big payday.