Wednesday, 08/21/2013, 12:52 pm

Bellator Not Interested in Making Ben Askren New Contract Offer

Though the reigning welterweight champion’s contract only recently expired, Bellator FC seems to have no interest in re-signing undefeated Ben Askren.  In fact, Bellator CEO thinks they should ‘speed up’ Askren’s transition to the UFC.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

Ben Askren recently became a free agent, and it seems no one is rushing to pull the 2-time NCAA champion and U.S. Olympic wrestler from limbo.

Bellator, the organization through which Askren rose to being 12-0 and welterweight champion, has explicitly stated its intent to not re-sign the current champion.

Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, told

I don’t think we’re going to make an offer at this point, so I don’t see any reason to make anybody sit out.  If Ben’s going to go to the UFC, we should speed up that process so he can go fight.  I’d love to see Ben versus GSP.  If the UFC does make an offer, we’ll take a look at it and move on from there.  We haven’t been proactive yet.  I have nothing but good things to say about Ben as a fighter, but we’re all very aware of how he fights and what he does- it’s not for everyone.

While the UFC has expressed interest in Askren, UFC President Dana White has shared a wealth of negative opinions toward the welterweight in the past.  Askren did win his last two fights, however, via TKO.

The relatively cold dismissal on the part of Bjorn Rebney, however, leaves a number of people somewhat confused.  Bellator is rather famous for its relentless captivity over Eddie Alvarez.  Rebney’s sentiments now, despite their tone, do not ensure that Viacom- which owns Bellator- will not try the same contract-type business with Askren.

In any case, Askren has yet to find the direction in which his MMA career will continue.  If he does go to the UFC, we could possibly see the Twitter war between Askren and UFC fighter Michael Bisping come to fruition in 3-round fight.


0 Responses to “Bellator Not Interested in Making Ben Askren New Contract Offer”

  1. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    GREAT NEWS..sign him and let’s get him on the GSP card asap. Who would be a good match-up?? Condit, Rory, Diaz, ……

    • phace says:

      Definitely give him a wrestler. Mike Pierce or Josh Koscheck since the others are taken.

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        Kos would be great and maybe Pierce…what about Ellenberger? I’d also like to see a top striker too. The competition at WW sucked at Bellator.

        • Steven Thurman says:

          The Condit fight would be interesting, he’s a top striker, but doesnt have the greatest TD defense, but does more work off his back than any of the other WW fighters, haha it would be a total Ground war

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Yah Steven you’re right. Not sure Condit could get up once taken down. He could submit though. It would be a good test for Askren.

    • allmightysandman says:


      You get all skool-girl nasty if anyone says anything positive about GSP and you let your man crush show for Rocky cause he’s a wrestler. you’re a classic.

      now…cue the rant!

  2. Jay says:

    Rebney just wants to lower demand for Askren so when another promotion low balls an offer he can counter and save some coin…well played. He must be still hurting from the deal with Eddie (that’s worth every penny).

    • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      Byorks pissed because Askren made it be known he wanted to go to the UFC now he is going to try and screw him best he can by getting him low balled.

      I tried to tell everyone years ago how much of a scumbag BYORK Rebney really is. Anyone who was run out of boxing for fixing fights should not be trusted

  3. Dddddddd says:


  4. GRT 3000 says:

    if that isn’t a clue as to how unbelievably boring this guy is…he’ll get in the UFC & a new handle in here will be ‘Get Rid of Askren (forever)’

    • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

      Askren is a hundred times the wrestler Fitch could ever dream of being. Fitch is a lay n prayer with average wrestling at best. Fitch is a LHW who used his size and weight advantage to hump a leg for 15 minutes where as Askren is flat out dominant and never lay n prays. Too bad most of you are too stupid to understand the difference

      Askren would embarrass Nate so bad it would clasic

      Nothing would be better than to see the UFC give Askren Nate “THE CHEAT” for his first fight in the UFC. Askren called Nate out for being acareer long ROID CHEAT when Nate was begging Bellator to pick him up after he was fired for getting busted for cheating the 3rd time.

  5. 123 says:

    Paul Daley would take this idiots head off

  6. 757 says:

    if the conversation is about gays, let me in on it, okay? i have first hand experience!

    • GRT 3000 says:

      hmmm…@Gargler tells me he blows MBAs a dime a dozen. You may want to chat it up with him. Lol

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        LMAO…somebody brings up gays and guess who pipes up first??? That’s right, nerdy college mommy’s boy GRT3000 (GaysRacistsTittler3000 at a time). LMAO…you need to ask for your mommy;s and daddy;s money back for that mba cuz, you stooopid. lol

      • GRT 3000 says:

        …that’s right I make fun of fruitcakes & racists like yourself. & stupid? your tiny brain would prob. melt if you had to do one-tenth of what I’ve accomplished. I put MBA next to my name b/c it’s a point of pride…some little career blogging fruit like you can only type three letters (MBA) but will have no fu(c)king clue what it takes to achieve it. now get on with your full-time work there bud…trolling on BJPenn.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Yep you know all about fruitcakes, you have shown that over and over on this site. Personal experience?! What are you trying to compensate for? I guess since you like to talk about yourself, it must be true….bro, you are just so fukcin stupid and emotionally immature. I really feel sorry for you…

  7. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    there’s too many exciting fighters in the UFC at the moment. With Askren on the roster I can take a 15 minute break during his fights without missing a thing.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      That’s funny especially since he has 2 finishes in his last 2 fights. Matter of fact, with his 12-0 record, he has had 6 finishes and 6 decisions and in those decisions, he beat the fuck outta of everyone, except one that he split won against Hieron. Thought you liked finishes? Or is it you just don’t understand what mma is about?

      • The Way Of The Dutchman says:

        You keep saying these guys like Sonnen and Askren beat the shit out of everyone. They really don’t, there’s virtually no punching power in them. Amassou was a doctor stoppage because he got cut. And he did stop Koreshkov, but Koreshkov obviously wasn’t himself that night. Other than those two stoppages I’ve only seen him lay n pray to a boring decision. And he absolutely lost that fight against Jay Hieron by the way, that was a disgraceful split decision.

    • GRT 3000 says:

      well said @Dutch. +1

  8. doc says:

    He pretty much says that he will “Fitch” everybody. But I still want to see how he does with the top togs. It may bring out something in hem we have never seen. I hope they give him a chance, at least.

  9. Dee says:

    2nd tier fighter anyway

  10. ThaGreenBandit says:

    That’s some cold-blooded sh!t when you’re the undefeated champ, and they don’t even show any interest of wanting you back. Boring(but effective) ass style didn’t help his cause much

  11. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Bellator wants to sell PPV’s and with Askren that isn’t going to happen.

  12. Not You says:

    They’re are doing this because Askren is exposing how shitty the competition is in Bellator. He takes the same dominating path to victory then turns around and says in an interview, “…I’m not that good and MMA. But neither are the guys I’m fighting.” They don’t want Askren back because he’s telling the truth. All the other Bellator champs like to sit around and play Viacom puppets and talk about how “high level” the competition is.

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