Twitter Beef: Ben Askren and Rory MacDonald Set Each Other Up For Potential Fight

It can be said that both Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren are two of the best welterweights in MMA today. MacDonald, a UFC veteran, fought for UFC gold once and holds significant wins over the likes of two-division champion B.J. Penn, Jake Ellenberger, Demian Maia, and even current 170-pound UFC champion Tyron Woodley, just to name a few.

Askren, on the other hand, has managed to keep an undefeated record throughout his entire career. He is the former Bellator welterweight champion and had actually ended his eight-year professional run as the ONE Championship welterweight titleholder by defeating renowned Japanese fighter and grappler Shinya Aoki last December.

Undefeated welterweight Ben Askren.

MacDonald has since moved to Bellator in 2017, where already racked up two straight wins. He is also the current Bellator welterweight champion and he earned the title be defeating Douglas Lima at Bellator 102 last January in Inglewood, California.

The two men never had the chance to cross paths and face each other, but their names have been paired up in the past. For Askren’s part at least, he has been angling for a fight against “The Red King” since 2013, mainly for personal reasons.

“Rory MacDonald is another guy that…he really just bugs me and he irks me,” Askren said in a 2013 interview. “It was really nice to see him get knocked off his pedestal on Saturday night (against Robbie Lawler at UFC 167) but, if Dana White were willing, if I lost to him (Rory), I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA because that’s how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald.”

“I am not completely financially motivated. I obviously want to make a living, but, at the same time, I want to beat up the best guys in the world.”

Askren never really got what he was asking for since he was never given a chance to fight in the UFC because of a long-standing rift with company president Dana White. But now that MacDonald is out of the UFC as well, the opportunity to fight has seemingly presented itself, which both men are looking to seize.

On Thursday, both MacDonald and Askren actually engaged in a bit of Twitter feud, ribbing on how they think a fight against each other would go.

Askren currently holds a record of 18-0, with one no contest verdict and 11 victories by stoppage. MacDonald, meanwhile, has a win-loss slate of 20-4, with 14 victories via stoppage.