"I think the best way to deal with adversity is obviously to hop right back in there so that’s what I did," Askren said.
"The UFC gave me the call pretty quickly after the Jorge Masvidal fight, and said ‘Hey would you want a main event in Singapore?’ And, I said 'Yeah, let’s go.' And, I thought that was a good time for me to hop back into the cage, so I’m excited."
Maia is currently the #10 ranked welterweight. Askren is #11 ... and Ben knows if he wins this fight, a title shot could be right around the corner.
"Obviously, I have to get the win on Saturday, and then once I do that, I can go to work calling people out and see where that can take me, but I don’t feel like I’m too far away from the top."
One of those guys at the top is Masvidal (ranked #3) ... and Ben says he's open for a rematch if the UFC is down.
"Yeah obviously that would be nice, and I think it would be an easy fight for me to get because the story’s so easy to tell."
"So many people would be so excited for it because a lot of people who don’t like me got the result that they wanted. But, at the end of the day there’s not a lot of people that can say with certainty ‘Hey if that goes 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 15 minutes, what exactly is going to happen. Because they only saw 5 seconds."