Askren meeting with UFC in Vegas Monday, White remains uninterested


Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has a perfect record, and no job, since he was released by Bellator.

“I’ve said it many times, Ben’s a completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension,” said Bellator founder & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “I had a number of discussions with Ben and it became clear it was time for both parties to move in different directions.

World Series of Fighting has expressed interest, but Askren's interest lies with the UFC, where he has offered to fight for free. However, UFC president Dana White has communicated frankly that he is not interested in signing Askren at present.

Now MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani reports that Askren will have a meeting with UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta in Las Vegas on Monday, that White will participate by phone, and that White remains uninterested.

"We're gonna meet with him on Monday," said White. "We're just not going to sign him. He can go to World Series of Fighting where there's actually some competition for him. There's no competition for him at that other place [Bellator].

"At least at WSOF he can get some competition and test himself."

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truevalon site profile image  

11/25/13 3:27 AM by truevalon

Sign the man. His style may not always be the most exciting, but he knows how to win and is able to generate interest about himself and his fights.

OGT site profile image  

11/25/13 3:24 AM by OGT

We are going to meet but not sign him?What the fuck? You wouldn't meet if you knew that going in... They are just meeting to help him out with his career and a possible future with rival WSOF?I'm not a doctor but this shit dont add up son...

daddy N0 site profile image  

11/25/13 12:37 AM by daddy N0

I like to think with Duke and Pettis in his camp and if he only developed a mediocrer striking game with his wrestling he might become more exciting.

ABE FROMAN CRE-AMED ME site profile image  

11/24/13 9:55 PM by ABE FROMAN CRE-AMED ME

The interest is there.Askren is a top 5 trending topic.Not sure if Dana really understands business properly if he doesn't want to sign Askren, but Lorenzo surely does, so I expect him to be signed on the strength of Lorenzo having an IQ over 130.

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11/24/13 9:38 PM by The Unnatural Born Killer


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11/24/13 9:35 PM by Spoonie Luv


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11/24/13 9:06 PM by brianlg

and I would splooge w/ joy

BigEyedFish site profile image  

11/24/13 4:42 PM by BigEyedFish

of course theyre going to sign him if theyre meeting himCant wait to fast forward his UFC fightszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Uneducated Fool site profile image  

11/24/13 4:26 PM by Uneducated Fool

Askren to ufc

BigTedBear site profile image  

11/24/13 4:23 PM by BigTedBear

Maybe not the most exciting guy to watch but deserves a chance maybe not a title shot but at least a fight. Dana maybe not looking forward to having another Fitch type guy.