Bellator welterweight tournament semifinalist Ryan Thomas today responded to recent comments by Ben Askren, who promised to submit him again when they rematch at Thursday’s Bellator 19, saying the former Olympian is a “coward” who “needs to keep his mouth shut before I shut it for him”:
“I think it’s pretty cowardly of him to be walking around running his mouth bragging about a victory he didn’t earn. The guy hasn’t done anything in MMA. He hasn’t beaten anybody, including me, so I don’t know where he gets off disrespecting me. After this fight I’m gonna show him that you can’t be a one-dimensional fighter in MMA in this day and age.
“It’s helped put that visual image in my head of him running his mouth and disrespecting me,” Thomas said. “It’s helped me train a lot harder. I don’t like the guy, so that’s made a difference.”
Pictured: Ryan Thomas