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AXS TV Exec Apologizes to Ben Askren as Latter Continues to Bring the Funk

Kelsey Mowatt


Ben Askren’s been making headlines all weekend, after being cut off during a recent interview on “Inside MMA”, and now the show’s executive is apologizing for the WTF incident.

Now unless your weekend is still a blur due to various ‘activities’, or you walked out on civilization Friday, chances are you’ve heard about the now famous interview. Askren has certainly blasted UFC boss man Dana White before, but after doing so on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” for a couple of minutes, host Kenny Rice all of a sudden told the ONE FC champ his time on the “soap box” was done…

Ya. That’s right. This happened.┬áNot on “UFC Tonight” or some other program where the pens and stationary may have ZUFFA written on them, but “Inside MMA.”

Of course, “Funky” wasn’t about to take the incident lying down, and since then Askren has continued to rail against Rice and AXS TV. Here are but a few of the tweets the decorated wrestler has sent out following the ‘you’re done’ interview.

According to follow up reports, AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon has apologized for the incident, and has invited Askren back to the show.

Simon reportedly tweeted in response to Askren’s pretty evident anger:

@Benaskren I apologize for @InsideMMAaxstv closing mic.We respect your opinions & look forward to having you back to continue the discussion

Score one for social media. It’s been interesting to see the kind of feedback the incident’s been receiving on line, as clearly quite a few people were taken back by Rice’s actions. Of course, there are plenty of ‘UFC only’ fans who agree with what the host did.

All this drama comes at a time when Askren’s fighting career continues to go just swimmingly. The 30 year-old absolutely speed bagged Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC 19 last month to add the promotion’s welterweight title to his resume, and record his fourth finish in five fights.

In other words, Askren is rapidly destroying the ‘lay-and-pray’ label that was attached to him for so long. If you’re keeping score, since Askren decisioned Douglas Lima in 2012 (who is one of the scarier welterweights on the planet it’s worth noting), the wrestler has finished Karl Amoussou, Andrey Koreshkov, Bakhtiyar Abbasov and now Suzuki.

Despite all this, don’t be shocked if Askren finds his way to the UFC at some juncture.


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