Former Champion Robbie Lawler will face former Bellator and ONE FC Champ Ben Askren in the octagon at UFC 235 which takes place on Saturday in Las Vegas and remarkably, Lawler will be the underdog.
This will be the fight before the co-main event. For many, this is the ‘people’s main event’ as Robbie Lawler is real UFC fans favourite, while Ben Askren is a huge cult figure in MMA because of his amazing achievements outside the UFC.
Askren has long been seen as one of the best fighters to never have fought inside the octagon. Part of that was an ongoing war of words with UFC president Dana White, as the pair pretty much trashed each other on social media every chance they got.
Robbie Lawler vs Ben Askren Betting Lines
This matchup throws Ben Askren straight into the deep end but he’s the bookies favourite here at -275 with bet365*, which just shows how highly he’s rated. As the number 6 rated 170lb contender, Robbie Lawler (+225 bet365*) remains a major challenge for any fighter. His work rate is high, his heart and desire is unfathomable and he’s a true UFC veteran.
If Askren wants to jump right into title contention, he not only has to win, but he has to win well. As a team mate of Tyron Woodley, he will not fight the champion if that’s how it plays out, but a stylish win over someone like Robbie Lawler would give him more big names to contend against.
Robbie Lawler vs Ben Askren Betting Prediction
For a fight prediction, it is worth noting that this is not a title fight, so there’s only the three rounds to work with. Ben Askren has no real need to stand and bang with Robbie Lawler any longer than he needs to. His modus operandi will be to get the fight to the ground, utilising his wrestling ability.
Askren still has to prove himself as up there with those big names in the UFC, but many experts and fans feel he has what it takes. A safe bet bet looks to be “Yes” at -200 in the “Will The Fight go the Distance?” market.
Will the Fight go the Distance? Yes at -200 with Betway Sports
* Odds correct at the time of writing