Dana White Isn't Interested In Bellator's Offer For Ben Askren
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
He thinks they're playing games...
MMA Junkie reports that Dana White doesn't seem to interested in bringing over Bellator's Ben Askren (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) after Bellator offered him a deal. They would agree to let Askren, a conditional free agent, leave the company if the UFC gave him a title shot guarantee. Rebney said the offer was made with no strings attached.
White said: "They're playing f**ing games. I don't care what they're doing. It doesn't matter to me. I don't give a s**t what they're doing. They don't matter and I don't care."
Askren is the current Bellator welterweight champion and is a former NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion. He is considered among the best in the sport. He has six straight decision victories in Bellator and his past two wins were TKOs. Some believe that he has a shot at upsetting George St-Pierre (if Johnny Hendricks can't do it). Bellator, however, still has matching rights for any offer given to Askren until next summer. A similar situation involved Eddie Alvarez led to a huge legal problem, which means UFC aren't going to make an offer just yet.
White has shown an interest in Askren, but not in the latest offer.
He added: "When you're willing to let your f**king champion go, it's weird."