Monday, 10/14/2013, 11:59 am

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Discusses UFC’s Silence Toward Ben Askren

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, has been a free agent since the summer; and CEO Bjorn Rebney (pictured) wonders why the UFC has not made an offer yet.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA


When Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren’s contract with Bellator came to a close this summer, many thought the UFC would soon pick him up – including Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.  Which is why Rebney expressed his confusion as to why Askren is still a free agent.

We’ll see what [the UFC officials] do,” Rebney told Sherdog following Bellator 103 last Friday.  “I’ve heard no response from them at all, which is unusual and an anomaly.  I think it puts them in a difficult spot to claim the best fighters fight in the UFC.

The UFC consistently says the best fighters in the world fight in the UFC.  They don’t.  I believe Michael Chandler is the best lightweight in MMA and that Pat Curran is one of the top two featherweights in the world.  [Eduardo] Dantas is a freak.  Askren is in the top six or seven.  So, if you’re going to make that statement, when one of the top six or seven [welterweights] in the world becomes available, you’ve got to pick up the phone and make him an offer, or you can’t continue to say, ‘The best fighters in the world fight here,’ because they don’t.

Assuming that Rebney is correct in asserting Askren is in the top six or seven welterweight fighters, that makes his condition for releasing Askren – that he receives an immediate title shot – unreasonable at the very least.

It is unusual to see Rebney weighing an argument against the UFC so heavily on a fighter he himself called boring this summer.


6 Responses to “Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Discusses UFC’s Silence Toward Ben Askren”

  1. drew says:

    the ufc doesn’t want to disrespect their roster along with ben, even tho ben askren’s fights are more boring then a jon fitch fight

  2. ^ says:

    The UFC should just ignore this obvious bull shit marketing scheme.

  3. Big daddy says:

    This is the same as any fighter saying I can beat jon jones for example. Jon jones can’t say he’s the champion cause he hasn’t fought against me. Bjorn Rebney don’t you have that big money Tito vs rampage fight to worry about?

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