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Chael Sonnen explains why the UFC must have no regrets over trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren

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Chael Sonnen is explaining why the UFC must have no regrets over trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren.

It had been almost four years back that the UFC made a cross-promotion trade, sending Demetrious Johnson to 1 Championship in substitution for Ben Askren. In 2018 the agreement was reached between your UFC and Singapores ONE Championship which saw the initial trade between your two MMA promotions.

While that is past news, many fans debate even today if the UFC made the proper decision to make the trade.

When Johnson won the main one Championship flyweight belt, it created a lot more of a stir. It had been just last Saturday, August 27th that Johnson defeated Adriano Moraes (20-4 MMA) by knockout at 3: 50 of round 4, recapturing the title.

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Demetrious Johnson, 36, (31-4 MMA) is known as by some the best mixed martial artist on all-time. Mighty Mouse may be the current ONE Flyweight Champion (135 lb).

Ben Askren, 38, (19-2 MMA) lost 2 of his 3 fights beneath the UFC banner. Funky transpired to defeat against Demian Maia (28-11 MMA) in October of 2019 and Jorge Masvidal (35-16 MMA) in July of 2019.

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Chael Sonnen spoke on his Beyond the Fight podcast concerning the trade and how he believes the UFC were the winners within their decision (h/t Sportskeeda MMA):

Jorge Masvidal will not fight for BMF. We usually do not sell out Madison Square Garden. The annals of Masvidal and Diaz specifically. The Rock, the largest star in every of Hollywood, will not enter the cage and put a belt around somebody. All that ties back again to Askren.

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It really is true that Funky was undefeated ahead of joining the promotion, but clearly had a direct effect on revenue following Ben Askren vs Jorge Masvidal fight which ended 5 seconds in to the first round by KO. That knockout loss for Askren, the fastest knockout in UFC history, pushed Masvidal to stardom back 2019 at UFC 239.

Ben Askren retired from fighting in November of 2019, citing a hip injury because the primary reason behind hanging up the gloves.

Can you trust MMA analyst Chael Sonnen that the UFC made the proper decision trading Johnson for Askren?

Share your ideas in the comment section PENN Nation!

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