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Thread: Dana White open to Ben Askren in UFC, Askren responds

  1. Default Dana White open to Ben Askren in UFC, Askren responds

    Despite passing up the opportunity to sign Ben Askren when he was arguably the hottest free agent in the sport, when asked at the UFC 177 post-fight media scrum (which can be viewed in it's entirety here) whether 'Funky' could eventually find his way into the UFC, Dana White seemed open to the idea.

    MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani pressed him on the matter, saying he found it hard to gauge just where Dana stood on the matter from his tone.

    Dana responded as such,

    "Listen Ben Askren said a lot of stupid shit (you know) when he left but I don't care about stuff like that.
    We'll see how the kid fights...We'll go from there
    Dana also commented on whether the insults and criticism Askren has slung the UFC's way dating back to his Bellator days would hold much weight when it comes down to potentially signing the former Olympian.

    "Contrary to popular belief, well I do hold grudges if you're a real idiot I'll hold a grudge 'til the day I drop dead. But fighters? I don't really do that with fighters. These guys are built different then everybody. They're tough guys and this is what they do for a living and they're gonna' say stuff like that.
    Dana provided an example that would hopefully be a good sign to any fan that is hopeful to one day see Askren, currently undefeated in 14 professional bouts, fighting the best opposition in his division.

    If Tito can come back to the UFC, anybody can come in here, believe me. 'Cause there's nobody on Earth I hated worse than Tito.

    (You) Don't have to like 'em to do business with 'em.
    This bodes well for Askren, as he didn't reach out for the olive branch but instead swatted it away with a typically sarcastic tweet:

    Ben Askren ✔ @Benaskren
    Oh thank you master @danawhite can I please have a shot
    1:56 AM - 31 Aug 2014
    Askren is currently two fights into a six-fight contract with ONE FC, the premier mixed martial arts organisation in Asia, and without a get-out clause in his contract from what I'm aware.
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    I like Askren, but that wasn't a smart tweet.

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    Dana has also said a lot of stupid shit about Askren in the past, so I actually like that instead of kissing Dana's ass just like almost any other fighter does, he just does not give a shit and write whatever he wants.

    He is definitely a good fighter but it would be nice to watch him perform against real Top fighters. in ONE FC he will not fight those kind of fighters.
    Couple of days ago he destroyed some Kyokushin karate guy that did not landed a single punch.
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff

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    His striking even in GNP still needs polish but goddamn he can ragdoll anyone he can get ahold of.

    I would literally love to see what he and Hendricks would look like in scrambles and transitions. However, Johnny's boxing and power kills ben every time.
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    If Askren keeps winning and finishing fighters, they may throw even more money at him to get him signed.

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    Shields gone.
    Fitch gone.
    Okami gone.
    If Askren comes in and wrestle fucks people like he usually does and loses a few in the process I only see him hanging around for 4 fights.
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    I don't like anything about Ben Askren. If he does get signed by the UFC, the only fight that I would really want to see is him vs Nick Diaz. That shit would be hilarious!

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    Shouldn't have to kiss any ass or conform to any desired fighting style...

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