Ben Askren Trades Shots with ONE FC Welterweight Phil Baroni on Twitter

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Ben Askren Trades Shots with ONE FC Welterweight Phil Baroni on Twitter
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Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren may not officially be a part of the ONE FC roster yet, but that doesn't mean he doesn't already have a fight in mind for his promotional debut. 

Popular Twitter personality Front Row Brian got the ball rolling by asking his followers to name a welterweight currently under contract with ONE FC. 

Eventually, Phil Baroni ended up chiming in on the matter. 

With "Funky" all but guaranteed to put the ink on the dotted line before the end of the week, the matchmaking pretty much does itself. 

"The New York Badass" certainly had an interesting take on the potential matchup. 

Needless to say, Askren had a much different take on how the showdown in the cage would go down.

Baroni tried to laugh the insult off, but Askren wasn't having it. 

Baroni is just 15-17 in 32 professional fights, including a recent 1-3 record under the ONE FC banner. Meanwhile, Askren, a former Olympic-level wrestler, remains undefeated at 12-0.

The high point of Baroni's career was arguably when he fought Frank Shamrock for the Strikeforce middleweight title in June 2007, getting choked out by a rear naked choke in the second round. 

On the other hand, Askren notched four successful title defenses under the Bellator banner before his contract expired, and the company opted not to re-sign the high-level grappler. 

Therefore, it's hard to imagine Baroni vs. Askren being a competitive fight. However, the bout remains a distinct possibility since Baroni is probably the most well-known welterweight currently under contract with ONE FC.

Baroni vs. Askren: would this be a fight worth watching for the fans?

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for

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