UFC Close To Finalizing The First Major Trade In MMA History
It has emerged that the UFC are in deep discussions to complete the first ever MMA trade deal involving ONE Championship.
The news comes just days after Ben Askren, who is the current ONE welterweight champion, revealed there was a "98%" chance of him joining the UFC.
Multiple sources claim that former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will be released from his current contract in order to join ONE, with both parties hopeful the deal will be finialized soon, according to ESPN.
Breaking: UFC, ONE Championship close to trade involving Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren. Potential history in the making for MMA -- https://t.co/HllP7dY0of
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 24, 2018
A trade deal has never been done before in MMA, so if the Johnson-Askren deal goes through successfully, it will certainly make history in the sport.
Both fighters currently have fights on their respected contracts.
Make sure to keep your eyes open for the latest news on this one, exciting news for MMA fans. It has certainly caused a stir online:
Demetrious Johnson would be an amazing fit for ONE Championship. He's just the kind of cordial, honorable martial artist that they favor, and there are tons of smaller fighters for him to fight over there.
- Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) October 24, 2018
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UFC and ONE FC reportedly close to finalizing major trade involving Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren
In other words....WTF
- Storm Pawson⛈ (@StormCpawson) October 24, 2018
UFC is really trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren.
- Max (@_SimmoTheSavage) October 24, 2018
Just seen that @ariel broke the news that UFC & ONE Championship could be very close to making a trade between Demetrious Johnson & Ben Askren! If this happens I can see the UFC removing the 125lbs division, which would make some room for a new 165lbs division everyone wants!! pic.twitter.com/ggrFmAjo5E
- The Fight Report with JB (@TFRwithJB) October 24, 2018
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