Archive: Ben Askren

Feb 7, 2014 4:32 pm

Ben Askren to fight for ONE FC Welterweight World Title in May

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (12-0 MMA) announced that he will fight for ONE FC gold in May. “Funky” went on to say that he will face the winner of ONE FC’s inaugural welterweight world title bout which features Brock Larson taking on Nobutatsu Suzuki. The Larson vs....

Dec 24, 2013 9:41 am

Askren: ‘The Bald-Headed Fat Man Won’t Let Me In’ The UFC

“They essentially told my manager, ‘We’re going to get something done,’ and six hours later, when I’m not in the meeting and not in the UFC office, I get a call saying, ‘It’s not going to happen. It is their business, and they can run their business however they want to run their business. But...

Dec 2, 2013 9:45 am

Askren Making Move To Singapore, Rumors Of OneFC Signing

The hottest free-agent on the MMA Market right now has got to be undefeated former Bellator champion, Ben Askren. The man they call ‘Funky’ had hoped to get signed by the UFC but after failed negotiations the future of the former Olympic wrestler has been in doubt. Overnight news spread of his move to Singapore...

Nov 26, 2013 8:25 am

QUICK TWITT | Teammates Lobby UFC To Sign Ben Askren

Not only do our readers on BJPENN.COM think the UFC should sign top welterweight prospect, Ben Askren, but so do his teammates. The Roufus Sports fight team, which holds many notable fighters on its roster, including UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, has taken to twitter in support of Ben. Ben and company met with UFC officials yesterday afternoon...

Nov 25, 2013 9:06 am

POLL RESULTS: Should The UFC Sign Ben Askren?

With the world’s top free agent set to sit down with the UFC this afternoon, the MMA world has been wondering if Ben Askren will get signed to MMA’s leading promotion. When Bellator gave their welterweight champion an unconditional release from the promotion, UFC President Dana White expressed zero interest in the acquisition. However, his...

Nov 23, 2013 2:32 pm

Weekend Poll | Should The UFC Sign Ben Askren?

Undefeated welterweight fighter and recently released Bellator champion, Ben Askren finds himself in an odd state of career limbo as of late. Having expressed his desires to fight for the UFC, when finally released from his Bellator obligations, the UFC boss, Dana White said he had no interest. Still, Askren and company are set have a...

Nov 14, 2013 8:28 am

Bellator Releases Welterweight Champion, Promotion Gives Up All Rights To Match

It looks like there will be no ugly contract negotiations between Bellator and welterweight fighter Ben Askren.  Bellator boss, Bjorn Rebney, tweeted to announce the release of Askren. I’ve made the decision to release Ben Askren. After speaking with Ben, it was clear it was a good time for both parties to move on. I've...

Oct 30, 2013 8:50 am

GSP: If Askren signs, I’ll fight him. No problem.

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren (12-0 MMA), is currently in contract limbo, sitting on the shelf with Bellator, while waiting for a contract offer from the UFC. Bellator President, Bjorn Rebney, stated that he would happily let Ben Askren go, if the UFC would give him an immediate title shot. UFC president, Dana White, did...

Oct 16, 2013 10:05 am

Coach: Askren Being Used As Pawn Between Two Promotions

“I feel like at times [Askren]’s being used as a pawn from one promotion to the other, personally. I mean, if [Bellator] doesn’t want him, let him go. I would love to see that fight happen, for sure. But Georges is talking about retiring, for one. Two, in order to make a title fight at...

Oct 4, 2013 10:47 am

Askren Not Retiring Until He Fights GSP

  Yesterday during the UFC on FOX 9 pre-fight press conference, UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis said he thought his teammate and wrestling coach, Ben Askren, was on the verge of retirement. “One guy who is on the main stage, ready, is Ben Askren. He’s stuck between Bellator and the UFC, thinking about retiring,” said...

Aug 30, 2013 10:36 am

QUICK TWITT | Ben Askren Offers His Services For UFC Bout Against Carlos Condit

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, is ready to leave his promotional home for a stint in the UFC. The often outspoken fighter has taken to twitter and addressed Dana White and the UFC about opponents he wants numerous time. More recently he asked to be considered as a replacement opponent against GSP and now, he’s...

Aug 29, 2013 6:43 am

Josh Barnett to Ben Askren: Go f— yourself

Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (32-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will make his long awaited return to the octagon this weekend at UFC 164 in Milwaukee. Barnett’s opponent Saturday night will be 2-time UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir, but for some reason or another, it was current free agent and rating Bellator welterweight champion, Ben...

Aug 22, 2013 11:04 am

QUICK TWITT | Ben Askren Asks Dana White For GSP

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, has recently opened up on the market as a free agent. His boss at Bellator, Bjorn Rebney, has stated he’s not all that interested in re-signing his champion and instead will help him pursue his dreams of fighting GSP. Whether true or not,  Askren isn’t hesitating and almost instantly threw...

Aug 16, 2013 7:12 am

UFC interested in Ben Askren, not pursuing Paul Daley

UFC President Dana White said his promotion may very well be interested in Bellator welterweight champion and current free agent Ben Askren (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BFC): “We’ll talk to Ben,” White said following Thursday’s pre-UFC Fight Night 26 press conference. “Yeah, we’ll talk to him.” The four-time collegiate All-American wrestler, Askren, began his MMA career in 2009,...

Mar 14, 2013 9:38 am

BJPENN.COM RADIO 3/13/13: BEN ASKREN INTERVIEW (Full Replay) | MMA NEWS

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, hit the airwaves with the BJPENN.COM RADIO crew last night to discuss all things Bellator related. Fresh off his Twitter fight with Michael Bisping, Askren also gave his thoughts on several UFC happenings. If you missed the live broadcast you can check out the Askren segment in the player above.

Mar 13, 2013 2:28 pm

BJPENN.COM RADIO RETURNS TONIGHT WITH DOLCE, NOONS & ASKREN AT 8PM ET | UFC NEWS

The BJPENN.COM RADIO crew is set to hit the airwaves in it’s usual time slot tonight at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT. Joining fill-in hosts George Matthews and Pedro Carrasco will be top Strikeforce import, KJ Noons, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and famed dietitian Mike Dolce. Noons is preparing for his UFC...

Nov 9, 2012 9:01 am

Spike TV Presents “Bellator: Vote For The Fight” | MMA NEWS

Bellator and Spike TV are giving fans a chance to select the first fight to air on Spike Network inside the Bellator cage as the promotion prepares to move to Spike TV in January. Fans can log onto Spike.com to the “Bellator: Vote For The Fight” section, where they will be able to select the...