Pinned on August 23, 2013 at 10:35 am by Tracy Nelson

Bellator CEO Appears Ready to Let Welterweight Champ Askren Leave for the UFC

(I Would absolutely wear that shirt. But When any individual asks me who it’s presupposed to be, I’d inform them it’s Rob Tyner. / Picture by the use of MMADiehards)

Former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren is undefeated in 12 fights on account that he began preventing MMA in 2009, has won his closing two by way of TKO, and has beaten many of the highest welterweights out of doors of the UFC. It’s little wonder why fanatics had been curious how the Bellator welterweight champion would do towards the best on the earth In The UFC and even champion Georges St. Pierre, if only because of Askren’s very good wrestling.

In The No Longer so far-off previous, on the other hand, Askren has gone above and beyond to be an organization man for Bellator and has insisted he had no interest in the UFC. Tremendous, we don’t like you anyway, you’re boring and Now Not pretty, UFC President Dana just about spoke back.

But final week, when White used to be asked whether or not the UFC would talk with Askren, whose contract is up with Bellator, White said that his advertising would certainly speak to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Freestlye wrestler.

That was trippy enough, nevertheless it’s a testament to the truth that the UFC frequently seeks out the most effective combatants on the planet, irrespective of how standard or “exciting” MMA lovers or White himself suppose they are. Bellator, alternatively, seems to be taking a special method.

Whereas the organization has been snapping up getting old and shedding former UFC combatants left and proper, their CEO now says that they don’t seem to be even interested by re-signing Askren — a house grown elite fighter of their own.

“If Ben’s going to go to the UFC, we should pace up that course of so he can go struggle. I’d love to look Ben versus GSP,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney not too long ago instructed ESPN.

“I don’t assume we’re going to make a suggestion at this point…So I don’t see any reason to make anybody sit out.”

When Bellator if truth be told wants a fighter, they’ve no downside making them “take a seat out” throughout protracted criminal battles. This man know what we’re speaking about.

“If the UFC does make a proposal, we’ll take a look at it and transfer on from there,” Rebney stated. “We haven’t been proactive yet. I’ve nothing But excellent things to claim about Ben as a fighter, However we’re all very aware of how he fights and what he does. It’s Now Not for everyone.”

Not for Bellator, we guess. It Seems That Askren shouldn’t be thrilling enough to Bellator and the fact that he’s a dominant, elite fighter isn’t sufficient to interest them at whatever financial value they imagine he’ll run them.

So, Bellator at present seems poised to let a champion walk away. Not that they’ve exactly been a bastion of title recognize and consistency up to this point anyhow.

If Askren joins the UFC, who do you need to look him face first, nation? He’d change into probably the most entire beginner wrestler In The welterweight division instantly. Do you these abilities can be enough to problem the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks?

- Elias Cepeda

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