Archive: Ben Askren

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 23, 2013 10:51 am

UFC Meeting With Ben Askren Monday, Dana White Still Uninterested

Ben Askren, the undefeated former Bellator welterweight champion just can’t seem to pique UFC president Dana White’s interest. Luckily for Askren, UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has agreed to sit down with the dominant wrestler, but it still seems unlikely that Askren and the UFC will be able to work out a deal. “We’re...

Nov 19, 2013 7:26 am

Ben Askren Will Fight Rory MacDonald For Free, Retire If He Loses

Ben Askren, the free agent and former Bellator welterweight champion, is now up for grabs for the various MMA promotions, but Askren would prefer if he could fight in the UFC. Askren has consistently pestered UFC President Dana White since being released by Bellator, but White has been against signing the former champion. “As far...

Nov 16, 2013 10:21 am

Bjorn Rebney Blasts UFC on Lack of Interest in Askren

  Despite Ben Askren’s newfound status as an unrestricted free agent, UFC president Dana White seems to not be interested in making him an offer just yet, claiming that “He’s got some work to do, he can fight in another organization and work his way up and go from there.” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has...

Nov 15, 2013 7:02 am

Ben Askren Responds To Dana White’s Disinterest In Signing Him

UFC President Dana White has showed a disinterest in signing Bellator welterweight champion “Funky” Ben Askren, saying “As far as [Ben Askren], as far as the level he’s on? He barely beat Jay Hieron, you know? He’s got some work to do, he can fight in another organization and work his way up and go...

Nov 15, 2013 6:59 am

Dana White Has No Interest In Signing “Funky” Ben Askren

“Funky” Ben Askren, the undefeated and dominant Bellator welterweight champion recently ran the course of his Bellator contract, and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has shown no interest in resigning the champion, calling him a “completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension.” “We’ve relinquished any right to match here and Ben can sign...

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 18, 2013 9:32 am

White brushes off Bellator’s Askren offer: ‘They’re playing games’

The thought of Ben Askren just waltzing in and challenging for a UFC title doesn’t fly with Dana White. Recently, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney offered to let conditional free agent Ben Askren walk away from the company provided UFC officials would guarantee him a title shot. White isn’t having any of it, as he spoke...

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 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...

Oct 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Report: Bellator Will Release Ben Askren if Given Immediate UFC Title Shot

  Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney has placed an impossible condition on his release of welterweight champion Ben Askren to the UFC.    By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA This summer Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren became a free agent.  It was expected that the UFC would pick him up, and it was also expected that...

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 7:24 am

Dana White Says Ben Askren Deal Won’t Be Easy, Calls Bjorn Rebney A ‘Scumbag’

There’s been no love loss between the presidents of two of MMA’s largest organizations, as UFC President Dana White spoke about his organization’s possibility of picking up Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   While the UFC and its president Dana White have changed their stance toward Ben Askren- that is,...

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 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...

Aug 21, 2013 12:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Ben Askren: ‘I’m OK in MMA, I’m not that good, but neither are the guys I’m beating’ | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | This week BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio invited Bellator Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren, onto the air to talk about all the things going on in Milwaukee with him and his team at Roufusport. Askren is a highly decorated wrestler and is currently holding an undefeated MMA record of 12-0 to back up his Bellator welterweight...