Ben Askren has been in a sort of limbo over the last few weeks, after leaving Bellator and attempting a talk with the UFC, Askren felt as though his future plans were shifting and his career may have been coming to an end.
“World Series of Fighting had already made me an offer and they called back to reiterate it [after the UFC fell through],” said Askren. “I had two good offers, but I was really considering retirement at this point, because my goal is to be the No. 1 fighter in the world. Outside the UFC, Bellator was the next best place and I was ranked as high as No. 7 when I fought for them. No matter where else I went, I wouldn’t reach No. 1. My goal was out the window, so I had to adjust my thinking to my next plan.”
Despite Askren’s stellar credentials (he’s an Olympic wrestler, has a perfect 12-0 record, and even holds two consecutive NCAA wrestling titles) it seemed as if no professional organization wanted to pick him up, and fans everywhere were a little confused.
Recently, Askren was signed onto One FC for a six fight contract over two years, and they have already stated that his first bout will earn him an automatic $50,000, with a $50,000 bonus if he wins. The purse will only continue to increase with every subsequent win.
However, one bit of confusion that has surfaced with Askren’s new deal signing is whether or not the fighter will be moving.
“That’s a separate deal,” said Askren, “Evolve MMA is sponsoring me and I’ll go there and train two weeks before my fights. Their coaches will corner me.” Askren will be remaining a member of the Roufusport Team.
It seems as though things are finally starting to settle into place for Ben Askren, and hopefully he will be stable long enough for fight fans to really get a chance to see what he is capable of.
(Source: Sports Illustrated MMA)Tags: Bellator, Ben Askren, one fc, ufc