Rebney: Askren the best wrestler in MMA
Bellator CEO Bjron Rebney appeared on Friday's edition of Inside MMA on AXS TV, and discussed free(ish) agent and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. Rebney has declined to extend their champion a contract to stay on, instead waiting for the UFC to make the first offer, before deciding to match it, or not.
"What I said was is that I wouldn't stand in his way of going and getting an offer, that I wouldn't require him to spend 90 or 100 days sitting on the shelf negotiating with us," said Rebney. "Ben said he wanted to go out and see what the UFC would offer. I said, 'You know what, let's cut this short. You go see what theyl offer, and we'll go make a determination from there.' So right now, we're just waiting for Ben to come back, show us the offer from the UFC, and we'll make a determination from there."
"I have been a staunch supporter of Ben Askren. "We can all agree, he is 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. He has been dominant inside of our cage. He's the best wrestler in MMA that we have in this sport.
"So look, if you don't like wrestling and you don't like what Ben does, then stop it. That's why they call it a fight. Ben famously said up in Canada, 'If you want to see two guys stand in the middle of the cage and hit each other in the face, there's a sport called boxing.' He's executed beautifully."
"We'll see what happens with Ben. 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."
So what do you think UG? In a field that includes Dan Henderson, GSP, Daniel Cormier, does Askren come out on top?
And where will Askren end up?
(Askren remarks begin at 5:23 mark)