Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233

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Photo Credit: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Former ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren and former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler are targeted to battle at UFC 233 on January 29. The bout has not been finalized but the UFC is working to make it happen, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

Askren (18-0-1NC) was recently traded from ONE to the UFC in exchange for Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and will be making his UFC debut when he makes the walk to the Octagon. “Funky” is coming off of a first-round TKO victory over Shinya Aoki in November of last year. He holds notable wins over the likes of Aoki, Lyman Good, Douglas Lima, and Andrey Koreshkov.

Lawler (28-12-1NC) is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos in December of last year. “Ruthless” Robbie holds notable victories over the likes of Frank Trigg, Rory MacDonald (x2), Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks, Carlos Condit, “Cowboy” Cerrone, and many others throughout an MMA career that spans all the way back to 2001.

Source: https://twitter.com/bokamotoESPN/status/1059645109799546880

MMA NewsStephen Jensen