BEN Askren expressed his desire to teach wrestling in the Philippines if ever there will be an opportunity.
During his media workout at the Ultimate Fitness Gym in Metro Walk Ortigas, Askren said the Filipinos are fast learners, tough, skillful and brave—a set of qualities that makes them good mixed martial artist.
“I will love to get that opportunity,” Askren, who has an unbeaten 12-0 win-loss record, told reporters. “The Philippines have produced so many great fighters and if I get that chance, I will definitely teach them wrestling or develop their skills.”
Askren will see action in the One Fighting Championship’s Honor and Glory on May 30 in Singapore against Bakhtiyar Abbasov in a welterweight bout.
“It doesn’t concern me,” said Askren, who has a vast wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu background. “Injuries are a part of the sport and I’m excited to get back into the cage and compete with whoever ONE FC puts in front of me.”
When asked about his fighting style, Askren replied: “I’m going to do what I have to do. I am Ben Askren, and that’s how I fight and will always going to fight. It’s a level of perspective. I’m going to do what I need to do.”
Abbasov is currently in a nine-fight winning streak, but the welterweight fighter Askren remains unperturbed.