The UFC is close to trading former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to ONE Championship in exchange for former welterweight champion Ben Askren, multiple sources told.
If completed, the deal would go down as the first major trade in MMA history.
Since the fighters can’t officially be traded, the UFC would have to release Johnson and ONE would have to release Askren – allowing each of them to sign with the other promotion. Both combatants reportedly have multiple fights remaining on their current contracts.
Johnson, 32, lost his UFC flyweight title in August after successfully defending it a record 11 times. The 32-year-old would be the second marquee addition to the ONE roster in October, as the promotion recently secured the services of former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Askren was a welterweight champion in ONE as well as Bellator, and holds a professional record of 18-0 with one no-contest. The 34-year-old announced his retirement following his last bout 11 months ago, but has indicated a desire to get back inside the cage against more high-profile opponents.
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