Ben Askren Said Bellator Would Do Him A Favor By Letting Him Go To The UFC
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.23.2013
He wants to leave...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney would be doing him a favor by letting him go to the UFC.
On the exclusive negotiating period: "I'm happy, more than anything, that they're [waiving] the exclusive [negotiating] period, so now I don't have to sit out 90 days before anything even starts to happen. That's definitely a positive thing."
On Rebney saying he wants to try to get him to stay: "I'm fairly indifferent to what [Rebney] said. I got in MMA for one reason: to see if I could be the best in the world. Actually, he's doing me a favor if he lets me go to the UFC and test myself. I mean, I wouldn't be upset that I'm getting paid a bunch of money to beat up guys who aren't as good as me, but I would like those challenges if it's possible."
On if a new champion is crowned when he leaves: "The casual fan's not going to know too much about it, because the announcers will play it a certain way and they probably aren't going to bring up the fact that I already owned that guy. They'll pitch him as the new champion. I think I bring legitimacy because people know that I'm a real Top 10 guy and not just some guy they're calling the champion."