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Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren tangle on social media

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Could Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren actually fight in Bellator?

It isn’t unusual to see Ben Askren try to pick fights on social media. The ONE Championship welterweight champ has always been a bit prickly online, and has used his Twitter account to fan the flames on many an argument with other fighters. This time though, he got into it with an unlikely candidate – Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald.

McDonald, who usually lets his fighting do the talking for him and doesn’t engage much online, was asked by a fan about a potential fight with the “retired” Askren. Rory said he was down:

Then Askren decided to chirp, and could only get a tepid response out of MacDonald initially:

But they went back and forth a bit about talking to Bellator CEO Scott Coker about the fight, before Rory finally got a little heated:

Of course, Askren didn’t agree with his assessment of their meeting, and there was more back and forth:

MacDonald picked up the title in his debut fight in the promotion, defeating Douglas Lima back in January. Askren, a former Bellator champ himself, last fought in November when he took Shinya Aoki out in less than a minute. He says he is retired, but has talked up a possible bout with Georges St-Pierre in 2019 as well.

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