Ben Askren Says He's Not Worried About His Contract Status
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.13.2013
He's had a great career so far...
Ben Askren recently spoke with MMAjunkie about the battle between the UFC and Bellator over his contract and more. Check out the highlights:
On the uncertainty of his contract status: "I'm not really worried about my MMA career. I've had a great career so far, and we'll see what happens going forward. It will probably get interesting from here."
On Bjorn Rebney saying he doesn't intend to offer him a new deal: "Bjorn told me that exact same phrase on the phone before he said it publicly, which, whatever. He has his opinion. I think it was a play to get the UFC to offer less money so he can match easier. Obviously, it's like playing poker. Sometimes you've got to say something you don't really mean here and there. I don't know. I'm trying to read Bjorn. He said he's going to let me go, but he didn't waive the matching period, obviously. It's like saying you'll let your dog go, but you still have a leash on him. So, we'll see. It's going to get interesting."
On Dana White saying the UFC was interested in him: "I think the UFC just wanted to put that out there, of course; they're interested. Obviously there's the year match period with Bellator, and the UFC had quite the – I don't know what you want to say, troubles – with the Eddie Alvarez matching period. So I think they're a little weary of that, but we'll see what happens."
On where his career may go from here: "If my career ended tomorrow because of an ACL injury or something, whatever, I'm fine. From when I was a kid, I've accomplished more than any kid could dream of across wrestling and MMA. Between the two, I've dually accomplished more than almost anyone, ever, has done in both sports. So I'm perfectly happy with the way my career was gone. I would love to get the shot to fight for the UFC title, and if I go back to Bellator and have to fight for a lot of money, then that's not really something to be salty about either. That was kind of one thing I was shocked about Eddie. He wanted to go to court and fight about it. It's like, 'Dude, you're going to get almost $400,000 for your first fight. There's some people that work every day for $8 an hour. You're bitching about $400,000 for a fight? Dude, you're really not that hard up, Go work for $8 an hour at Lowe's or taking out the trash and then complain about your life.' If I get paid a lot to fight, I'll fight. If I don't, I'll probably retire and be perfectly happy with my MMA career. I have two wrestling academies. We have a wrestling camp system, and I'm really passionate about those things. I love doing those things. So honestly, there's a lot of different ways this can end, and I think every single one of them has a positive ending for me."