It’s been well over a month now since Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney turned a few heads in MMA, by relaying he likely wasn’t going to resign welterweight champ Ben Askren, especially if the UFC made an offer. At the time, UFC boss man Dana White had said the promotion was interested in talking to the ridiculously talented wrestler, and it looked as though “Funky” could be Octagon bound.
Well, that was in the end of August, and as of October 1st, it’s been awfully quiet on the Askren front. White has blasted Bellator’s matching clause in the past (case in point, the whole Eddie Alvarez situation) and more recently in Rio de Janeiro the UFC President stated this about his competitor (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“The way that they do their deals, their guys are screwed,” White said. “Those guys can’t go out and test the fair market. They can’t do anything.”
“Anybody who would sign a contract with them is insane,”
Of course, fighters continue to sign with Bellator, including a lot of UFC vets, as 2013 has seen “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Diego Nunes, John Alessio, Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson, among others, head to the Viacom property.
Regardless of whether you’re an Askren fan or not, chances are he’ll have a big impact wherever he winds up, so hopefully something happens regarding his contract soon. The 29 year destroyed Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 97 in July, which could end up being his last with the promotion.
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