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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-10-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bellator's Rebney: I'll let Ben Askren go if UFC gives him immediate title shot

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Ben Askren isn't the only one who wants Ben
Askren to fight Georges St-Pierre.

His boss is willing to become his former boss right away if it means the Bellator welterweight champion gets an immediate shot at the UFC's champ.

Recently on his official Twitter account, Askren (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) said he's got no plans to leave the sport before fighting St-Pierre. Included among the wrestler's tweets was one saying he would "lay on GSP for as long as I damn well please."

Now the free agent's boss, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, may be getting in on the act.

Askren told ESPN.com that Rebney told him he would straight up waive Bellator's matching rights if the UFC offered him a deal that guaranteed him a title shot in his first fight with the promotion.

St-Pierre, the UFC's current 170-pound champion, defends his title next month against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.

“If you want to say the best fighters in the world fight in your organization and one becomes available and you have the unfettered right to talk to him, pick up the phone and call him," Rebney told ESPN.com. "... Give him a title fight out of the box, which is not unreasonable given that he's ranked in the top six in the world, and I'll just walk away from our matching rights. So I'm making it as simple as I can possibly make it for them to live up to what they claim. Go for it. Or don't go for and I'll re-sign him."

Askren, a four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, most recently fought in July, when he stopped Andrey Koreshkov with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 97. Before that, he stopped Karl Amoussou after three rounds. The two stoppages broke a streak of six straight decision wins – decisions that led to plenty of criticism from fans, from UFC President Dana White and even in some ways from Rebney.

"I've been a staunch supporter of Ben Askren," Rebney recently said. "We can all agree: He's ridiculously one-dimensional. But the issue with that one dimension is that he's better at it than anyone on the face of the earth. ... I don't know if Ben will be with us, I don't know if Ben will be with the UFC. But wherever he goes, he will remain dominant and he will remain amazingly effective at the one thing he does better than anybody."

Askren told ESPN.com he had not yet received an offer from the UFC. Whether the Missouri product winds up there or returns to Bellator remains to be seen.
I wasn't sure if I should put this in the Bellator section or not, but it has some to do with the UFC.

I hope he fight GSP, whether he wins or not, there isn't a clear cut #1 contender for GSP now that Maia lost



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I don't like Rebney but I think this puts the UFC in a weird position. They do always claim they have the best WW's and I don't think they'll want to gamble on this in case he comes over and dominates whoever the champ is after the GSP VS Hendricks fight, and "miraculously" manages to steam roll the champ. It'll give Rebney the credibility to talk a ton of trash.

On the other hand "IF" this happens and he fights the champ and becomes the new UFC champion, the UFC will easily be able to spin this story and say how dumb they were to let such a top level fighter go.


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I just feel if there is a guy who was champion coming over from another org, that they should fight for the title, to prove who had the better champion. Plus I enjoy this fight. People act like Askren has nothing to offer GSP. Sure Askren has one thing, but if he puts GSP on his back then it would be interesting



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Rebney is just trying to play the game like Dana does. He is trying to put the UFC in box & force a boring fighter with a possibly higher than average salary onto the UFC. I doubt Dana would fall for this feeble attempt.
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People act like Askren has nothing to offer GSP. Sure Askren has one thing, but if he puts GSP on his back then it would be interesting
That would never happen. Askren struggled to take down Jay Hieron. GSP is 1000 times the wrestler Hieron is.


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This is all some vain attempt to get the UFC to give Bellator credibility. To give Askren an immediate title shot they have to acknowledge his past record which means acknowledging Bellator this is not something they would do they gave Melendez one because acknowledging SF wasn't an issue when they own it.




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only one who got an immediate title shot was Dan Henderson, right? The unification bout with Rampage. And that was probably because Dan was already an established UFC fighter when he went to Pride.


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Although I don't feel he's earned a fight against GSP, I'd rather see this fight then the same rinse and repeat match-ups in Bellator.
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Yeaaaa... sure , cuz that will be fair thowrds everyone in that div, that are busting their balls to come from the bottom to get a title shot or atleast a fight with the "BELT's GATE GUARDIAN" Condit ) anyone that wants a title shot needs to go thro Condit first !! )
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only one who got an immediate title shot was Dan Henderson, right? The unification bout with Rampage. And that was probably because Dan was already an established UFC fighter when he went to Pride.
Gilbert Melendez fought Ben Henderson in his first fight.

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