Ben Askren traveled to UFC London hoping to face the winner of the Main Event between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal.
In the run-up to the card, he made it clear that he expected Till to be the winner. The two welterweights even seeded for a matchup with an amusing exchange at Friday's Fan Q & A. In the end, however, Masvidal was more than happy to add a monkey key to Askren's plans, as "Gamebred" scored a brilliant first leg match against Till on Saturday night at UFC London headline and then claimed a title shot against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman ,
But though his potential dance date was canceled with Till, Askren did not change his tune. He still wants a fight with Masvidal next ̵
"I'd like to fight [Masvidal] but like I said, you heard this speech after the fight, I think he's trying to find reasons not to fight against me," Askren said Saturday in the UFC London Post-Battle Show. "He talks about the fight for the belt – before this fight he had two defeats in a row. You do not lose two of them [in a row] but win, and suddenly you have a belt when all these guys are in front of you. It just does not work that way.
Askren, the former defending champion of Bellator and ONE Championship, who defeated Robbie Lawler in controversial subway submissions in his Octagon UFO 235 debut, also mentioned his welterweight counterpart Leon Edwards' next foe Edwards defeated Gunnar Nelson unanimously Decision in the nocturnal co-main event to extend its UFC winning streak to seven ranks.
Askren added Rafael dos Anjos, Santiago Ponzinibbio and welterweight welterweight Colby Covington to his list of names, although he does not believe the latter option is a likely path as Covington will face Usman next  "Nobody likes Colby," Askren said. "I do not like Colby. I would like to skip it and fight against Usman, but it does not seem like Usman wants it. He does not keep the same energy as the kids say. I would be very happy if he calls me. He did not do it. So I thought again that Till would win tonight. I think we will re-evaluate. I would like to fight Masvidal. I would like to fight Leon Edwards.
"I would like to have someone [ranked] higher [than Edwards] but if they gave that to me, I would definitely say yes," Askren continued. "What surprised me was his ability to perform well in grappling. I thought this was the place where Gunnar Nelson had a big advantage, and Leon Edwards not only got takedowns, he controlled the position at the top, stuffing all the tunnels from Gunnar Nelson.
An argument between battles Masvidal and Edwards broke out in the O2 Arena on Saturday. Masvidal threw several blows at Edwards, opening a small cut on the Englishman's cheek. There seems to be a rivalry between these two welterweights that could cause UFC matchmakers to play a sullen game.
Masvidal has just started a fight behind Leon backstage so he does not have to fight me next Askren (@Benaskren) March 16, 2019
Such a turn would leave Askren without an obvious next enemy , "Funky" said he was open to everything; The only fight he would not be particularly interested in is a rematch with Lawler.
"The first one I asked for [the UFC] was actually Darren Till, and then they said how Robbie Lawler is," Askren said. "I said," Listen, I'm here to fight everyone. So if you want me to fight Robbie Lawler, I'll fight. "It would not take more than a phone call, would I fight Robbie Lawler, no big deal, but I did not want to, and now I did it once and they want me to do it again, I just do not see how I'd like to move forward. "
Askren added that he was unsure about the timing of his next fight, but he hoped for an early reply.  "I really do not know," Askren said, "They have not brought me the fight yet, they did not ask me to do that, I said that I'm going to re-evaluate tonight, so I think we'll join tomorrow they will talk to each other and we will find out what will happen. "