It is apparent that after Bellator put Eddie Alvarez through a nightmare when he tried to leave the promotion for greener pastures in the UFC, Dana White does in fact have hard feelings towards Bellator Founder Bjorn Rebney. Very hard feelings.
When Olympic wrestler Ben Askren recently finished his contract with Bellator and expressed his desire to fight in the UFC, Rebney said he’d waive the exclusive 90-day negotiating period and didn’t expect to make a new offer to the fighter. Because of similarities between this situation and the Alvarez catastrophe, Dana White doesn’t buy it.
Today, MMAjunkie reported Dana White’s take on Bjorn Rebney and the Askren situation. Dana stated “Bjorn Rebney’s a scumbag. The guy says, ‘Yeah, we’re going to let him go. Let’s just part ways.’ You ain’t f—ing parting ways with him. He’s got a matching right and all that bulls—. This guy is a f—ing typical boxing piece of s—. Everybody knows the guy is a scumbag. We’ll see what happens with Ben. First they say they’re going to let him go. They’re not going to let him go. They’ll probably end up suing him too and make him sit out and lose a bunch of money and f— him in a deal. Bad guys. They’re bad guys. He’s f—ing him. He’s doing the same thing he did to Eddie. He’s not letting him really go out and get a fair – do you really think honestly, everyone here, do you think that if Eddie Alvarez did a deal with us, that Eddie Alvarez wouldn’t have made a lot of money? When you go out and find out what you’re worth, that’s what that thing in the contract is. But these guy are signing these contracts over there that just f— them.”
Never one to hold his tongue, White did everything he could to let Bellator know how he feels about them. He also shows concern for the fighters here, and that is a fantastic thing to see out of the UFC President. Regardless, Ben Askren is undefeated in 12 outings and is a fantastic prospect. Whether Bellator gives everyone a hard time or not, it would be in the best interest of the UFC to at least attempt to scoop him up.