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Ben Askren: Georges St-Pierre Lost His Killer Instinct

Ben Askren continues to be critical of Georges St-Pierre, suggesting that the UFC’s dominant welterweight champion isn’t the same fighter he was years ago.

“I think he lost a lot of the killer instinct he had when he was a lot younger,” said Askren on MMA Junkie Radio. “I know that’s tough to maintain when you’re at such a high level for so long, but I just think his title is there for the taking when someone goes in there and has a good solid wrestling base and is willing to fight hard for 25 minutes. They can take his title.”

Those comments come just a week after St-Pierre earned his eighth title defense over Nick Diaz at UFC 158. St-Pierre began his second championship run about six years ago. He’s won 18 of his 20 UFC fights.

Askren is undefeated with 11 wins since turning pro in 2009. Eight of those wins have come for Bellator, where he is their current welterweight champion. He’s defended his belt three times, with the last being in January over Karl Amoussou.

St-Pierre is believed to have hurt his angle at UFC 158 and could be out for around six months. Askren is waiting on word about his next challenge.