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Ape City 08-22-2013 01:17 AM

Bellator Not Interested in Making Ben Askren New Contract Offer

Ben Askren recently became a free agent, and it seems no one is rushing to pull the 2-time NCAA champion and U.S. Olympic wrestler from limbo.
Bellator, the organization through which Askren rose to being 12-0 and welterweight champion, has explicitly stated its intent to not re-sign the current champion.
Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, told
“I don’t think we’re going to make an offer at this point, so I don’t see any reason to make anybody sit out. If Ben’s going to go to the UFC, we should speed up that process so he can go fight. I’d love to see Ben versus GSP. If the UFC does make an offer, we’ll take a look at it and move on from there. We haven’t been proactive yet. I have nothing but good things to say about Ben as a fighter, but we’re all very aware of how he fights and what he does- it’s not for everyone.“
While the UFC has expressed interest in Askren, UFC President Dana White has shared a wealth of negative opinions toward the welterweight in the past. Askren did win his last two fights, however, via TKO.
The relatively cold dismissal on the part of Bjorn Rebney, however, leaves a number of people somewhat confused. Bellator is rather famous for its relentless captivity over Eddie Alvarez. Rebney’s sentiments now, despite their tone, do not ensure that Viacom- which owns Bellator- will not try the same contract-type business with Askren.
In any case, Askren has yet to find the direction in which his MMA career will continue. If he does go to the UFC, we could possibly see the Twitter war between Askren and UFC fighter Michael Bisping come to fruition in 3-round fight.

Kind of surprised considering he finished his last two fights. At the same time he might be asking for a lot more than he is worth at this point.

Stun Gun 08-22-2013 03:48 AM

Go to UFC pleaseeee

Killz 08-22-2013 04:13 AM

I hope he goes to the UFC, then goes 0-3 and gets cut.

Stun Gun 08-22-2013 04:14 AM


Originally Posted by Killz (Post 2240633)
I hope he goes to the UFC, then goes 0-3 and gets cut.

Askren is going to be the UFC champ

Rauno 08-22-2013 04:20 AM

I'm surprised they aren't going to try to hold him hostage tbh.

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El Bresko 08-22-2013 05:02 AM

I only want to see Askren in the UFC because he will finally lose. Give him Demian or Rousimar.

Ape City 08-22-2013 10:25 AM

Would love to see maia wreck him.

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Voiceless 08-22-2013 12:14 PM

Imagine you're 12-0 and champ of a major MMA organisation ...and noone really wants you. :laugh:

Canadian Psycho 08-22-2013 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by Stun Gun (Post 2240641)
Askren is going to be the UFC champ

No he is not.

GDPofDRB 08-22-2013 12:55 PM

Bellator is not interested in making an offer right now. They will let UFC determine the market value for Askren then move on from there. Monetarily speaking from a revenue generating standpoint, his value is not great I'd think.

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