A few weeks ago, Askren seemed to be positioning himself for a run at the UFC welterweight division. He was a free agent, released from Bellator, and was looking to set up a meeting with UFC brass so he could move forward with his plan of world welterweight domination.
That meeting has come and gone. And now, after deciding to sign with Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion “One FC”, Askren seems to be content lobbing insults at White, most notably by citing White’s “immaturity” as the real reason that we will never get to see his talents on display, inside of the Octagon.
Never one to leave us wondering how he really feels, Dana White had plenty to say in retort to Askren’s claims (courtesy of MMA Fighting):
“First of all, we didn’t ask for that meeting, he asked for that meeting. There was never any, ‘Let’s meet with Ben Askren.’ Ben Askren wanted that meeting. This is a business and a sport where, you saw the whole ‘Rampage’ thing, how that went down. We bring in the best guys in the world, they compete, they win world titles they do whatever; but at the end of the day, this is still a business. And you want to be in business with guys that want to be in business with you, guys that are happy. I can just tell from the comments that were made that Ben Aksren isn’t one of those kind of guys. He’s not a guy, I’m hearing just stupidness like that the reason he went to ONE FC is because he heard that I wanted him to go to World Series of Fighting. I don’t give a fuck where he goes. He can go fight in A.B.C. on fucking Pluto, for all I care. I wanted him to go to World Series of Fighting? I don’t give shit where the guy goes, personally. But, there is competition at World Series of Fighting. There was no competition at Bellator, I didn’t even know ONE FC was still in business. And I’m not taking a shot at these guys (ONE FC) I have nothing against them, I didn’t even know they still existed. I have nothing to do with World Series of Fighting, they have competition there. There’s actually competition where the guy, it sounds to me like this guy wants to walk in somewhere, make a shitload of money, and, I don’t know, he’s just not my kind of guy.”
We’ll probably never know if Askren’s ego is what ultimately landed him in Singapore for his next fighting gig, but one thing we do know is – at this moment – any chances of Askren showing up in the UFC are about as distant as… well…
Pluto.Tags: Bellator, Ben Askren, Dana White, mma, MMA NEWS, one fc, ufc, ufc news, Welterweight, world series of fighting