Kamaru Usman Explains Why Ben Askren Calls Him ‘Marty’
Have you ever wondered why Ben Askren calls Kamaru Usman, ‘Marty from Nebraska’, allow the new UFC welterweight champion to tell you the story behind it.
Usman beat Askren’s close friend and training partner Tyron Woodley, at UFC 235, to win the 170lbs title.
On the same card, Askren beat Robbie Lawler, albeit with a certain amount of controversy, after referee Herb Dean appeared to stop the fight prematurely. Although many would argue that although the stoppage may have been early, the result would have been the same anyway, due to the bulldog choke Askren had Lawler in.
While Usman is set to face Colby Covington in his first title defence, Askren doesn’t have a fight lined up. Whilst UFC President Dana White, has said again recently that Askren should rematch Lawler (you can read about that here), Askren gave Ariel Helwani and long list of fighters he’d like to face next (which you can see here).
Would you like to see Usman and Askren face off at some point?