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Thread: Phil Baroni to Ben Askren: 'You want to fight? Let's fight.'

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    Askren: I'm not in the UFC because of one 'bald-headed fat man'

    ://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/440515/Askren-Im-not-in-the-UFC-because-of-one-bald-headed-fat-man/

    “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,’” he said.

    “It is their business, and they can run their business however they want to run their business. But it would have been nice to hear from their mouth what the real issue was. I have a pretty good idea of what it is, but they still didn’t spit it out.”

    UFC President Dana White, whom Askren said was on vacation at the time of his meeting and attended via conference call, told reporters he wasn’t interested in signing the former Bellator champ when he became a free agent.

    In subsequent interviews, the two traded shots about each other’s character.

    “In all honesty, I think if you put a 15-man tournament together, I think I could be the best fighter in the world right now,” Askren said. “And now, I’m not going to get a chance to prove that because one bald-headed fat man chooses not to let me in.”

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    Burn that bridge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Burn that bridge!
    just what I was going to say. don't think if we'll ever see askren fight in the ufc in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmicsunn View Post
    just what I was going to say. don't think if we'll ever see askren fight in the ufc in the future.
    I don't really think he cares.
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    Knowing DW if Askren some how became a big ticket seller DW would go all out to sign him reguardless of what was said.
    The big if is Askren ever being a big ticket seller.

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    Askren plays the game worse than Nick Diaz. What a moron.

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    Askren purse starts at 50/50
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...tarts-at-5050/
    Loretta Hunt has the story for SI.

    "World Series of Fighting had already made me an offer and they called back to reiterate it [after the UFC fell through]," said Askren. "I had two good offers, but I was really considering retirement at this point, because my goal is to be the No. 1 fighter in the world. Outside the UFC, Bellator was the next best place and I was ranked as high as No. 7 when I fought for them. No matter where else I went, I wouldn't reach No. 1. My goal was out the window, so I had to adjust my thinking to my next plan."

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    Askren's deal with ONE FC is for six fights over two years, he said. He'll make $50,000 guaranteed for his first bout, with another $50,000 in bonus pay should he win. Askren's purses increase for each subsequent bout, should he keep winning.

    The deal doesn't require Askren to move (permanently or otherwise) to One FC's home-based region. Part of that confusion stems from a separate deal Askren signed around the same time with Evolve MMA, a state-of-the-art Singapore-based gym that's hosted name fighters from all over the world.

    "That's a separate deal," said Askren, who'll remain a member of the Wisconsin-based Roufusport team. "Evolve MMA is sponsoring me and I'll go there and train two weeks before my fights. Their coaches will corner me."

    Among those coaches is Heath Sims, former head trainer of Team Quest Temecula, owned by former Pride champion and UFC staple Dan Henderson. Sims is also a 2000 Olympic wrestler, himself. Askren visited Evolve and Sims in 2012 and said the facility's collective of muay Thai coaches and training partners is incomparable.

    And to further quash any rumors that Askren has defected from Roufusport, Evolve owner Chatri Sityodtong and team coach Duke Roufus are longtime friends who've previously done business together. In other words, it's all above board and Askren has Roufus' blessing.

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