I agree with the trade, even with Askren losing two back to back, it was a good deal for the UFC.
- DJ doesn't talk crap, and the UFC likes the WWE style of trash talk, which actually does sell way more tickets
- Askren talks tons of ****, even if he can't always back it up, the fans love it (but not if Adesanya does it)
- DJ is making a **** ton of money now, which is what he wanted, so that works out for him
- Fans have been more drawn to Ben's fights over DJ's fights based on his reputation and the competition he has faced
Even with 2 straight in the tank, the UFC has what's perfect for them. This was not a bad deal. It worked out for all parties.