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UFC 233: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler confirmed

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The UFC officially announced today that new welterweight addition Ben Askren (18-0-0, 1NC) will make his debut against former champion Robbie Lawler (28-12-0, 1NC) at Anaheim’s UFC 233 in January.

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The bout was first previously reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in November.

Askren, was part of a historic trade in late October between the UFC and ONE Championship, where he was the welterweight champ. ONE received former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in return. He is undefeated in 19 bouts, with one no-contest. He was cageside at UFC 230.

Meanwhile, Lawler, 36, has lost two of his last three bouts, including a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos in his last fight at UFC on FOX 26 in December 2017. He is returning from a torn ACL suffered in the bout.

UFC 233 is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Tentative bouts currently include:

Henry Cejudo (13-2-0) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (16-3-0)

Paul Felder (15-4-0) vs. James Vick (13-2-0)

Joanne Calderwood (12-3-0) vs. Ariane Lipski (11-3-0)

Ben Askren (18-0-0, 1NC) vs. Robbie Lawler (28-12-0, 1NC)

Yana Kunitskaya (11-4-0) vs. Marion Reneau (9-4-1)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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