Dana White Defends Ben Askren-Demetrious Johnson Trade

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UFC president Dana White believes his trade for Ben Askren was still worth it, despite the latter suffering his second defeat in a row.

Askren took on Demian Maia in the UFC Singapore headliner on Saturday and would lose via submission in the third round. It followed his five-second knockout defeat to Jorge Masvidal earlier in the year at UFC 239.

Some even put Askren at 0-3 in the UFC given the controversial nature of his submission win over Robbie Lawler back in March. And after the Maia defeat, many questioned why the UFC would trade a pound-for-pound great in Demetrious Johnson for the former ONE champion.

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Comments flooded on White’s Instagram page with one user saying it was the “first and worst trade” in mixed martial arts history. Another fan, however, replied to that statement:

“They got the fastest KO in UFC history and a super fight between Masvidal and Diaz out of it. UFC 244 will make more money than 3 Mighty Mouse PPV cards put together. Seems like the trade worked out spectacularly.”

White would then respond to that fan: “You sir are the only guy on this thread with a brain. Ben was an amazing trade!”

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You can see the exchange below:

Via r/MMA

It’s certainly hard to argue with that logic, especially given how highly-anticipated UFC 244 is.

Do you agree that Askren was a good trade?

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