White declines to offer Askren a Bellator-contract releasing title shot


Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is currently a free agent. However, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeny does not particularly eager to keep him on the roster, and said recently he would release Askren from his contract with the organization if the UFC offers Askren an immediate title shot vs. the winner of George St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.

UFC president Dana White was not impressed.

"They're playing f---ing games," White told MMAjunkie.com. "I don't care what they're doing. It doesn't matter to me."

"I don't give a s--- what they're doing. They don't matter and I don't care."

White's final remarks on the matter were not reassuring for the Askren camp.

"When you're willing to let your f---ing champion go, it's weird," said White.


tags: UFC   Bellator   Dana White   Ben Askren   


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Phil999 site profile image  

10/18/13 2:41 PM by Phil999

I'm not sure if your serious.

Phil999 site profile image  

10/18/13 2:39 PM by Phil999

Yet there was such a stink over them hanging on to Alverez.

DatSpider site profile image  

10/18/13 2:36 PM by DatSpider

People who don't know Askren likely won't be interested in getting to know him once they find his own promotion were "trying" to give him away, despite Askren being their WW champion.Bad play all around.

Mark Hunts Pet Monkey site profile image  

10/18/13 1:20 PM by Mark Hunts Pet Monkey

Not UFC's job to legitimize a competing promotion's champion.Also how many non-hardcores actually know who Askren is? How would this fight even be marketed without Ben first winning a few under the Zuffa banner? It's not like UFC can use Bellator footage. Dana is right, Bjorn is playing games, and UFC simply has no reason to gamble.

12 site profile image  

10/18/13 10:07 AM by 12

the bigger risk would have been if eddie was signed and fought for a tittle and won.he's not even the champ

eljamaiquino site profile image  

10/18/13 10:05 AM by eljamaiquino

Barnett wasn't stripped by the AC. Dana just ignored him. At the time the AC didn't have rules to strip titles or overturn results based on a drug test. That's why Barnett still has a win over Couture unlike Diaz vs Homicide.

Bellator Fan site profile image  

10/18/13 9:58 AM by Bellator Fan

Dana is waiting for a year to pass so he can give Askren a ZUFFA lowball offer.

DatSpider site profile image  

10/18/13 9:39 AM by DatSpider


ChaosOverkill site profile image  

10/18/13 2:44 AM by ChaosOverkill

  Gong!!!! hiyaawwww!  

Bucephalus site profile image  

10/18/13 2:03 AM by Bucephalus

Askren you shall deceive.