Shit no, he's the furthest thing from it, he's always been a big fish in small ponds. Prior to his UFC contract his dominant reputation was built off wrestling in eastern-based organisations that don't know how to deal with wrestlers.But Askren was supposed to be a murderer? Or at least one that smothers you to death with his ball sac.
I'm actually really curious to see how Askren vs Maia plays out. Maia for all his grappling ability, wins by maintaining dominant position for the longest, but he's not a wrestler, he's a Jiujitsu practitioner. Askren "should" by all rights be able to control and 'out-Maia' him.