Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is chomping at the bit to have former Olympian and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (12-0) sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Askren last demolished Andrey Koreshkov in his last contracted fight with Bellator at the end of July and has been sitting without a contract since then.
Now, Rebney has stated how he won’t even bother matching the offer if UFC will give the top 10 welterweight Askren a shot at Georges St. Pierre.
“If you want to say the best fighters in the world fight in your organization and one becomes available and you have the unfettered right to talk to him, pick up the phone and call him,” Rebney told ESPN.com.
“Give him a title fight out of the box, which is not unreasonable given that he’s ranked in the top six in the world, and I’ll just walk away from our matching fits. So I’m making it as simple as I can possibly make it for them to live up to what they claim. Go for it. Or don’t go for and I’ll re-sign him.”
Rebney will be the first one to admit that Askren is a one-dimensional fighter, but that one-dimension is so dominant that he’s yet to have to showcase much of his striking at all.
After four months of sitting on the sidelines, Rebney is not just going to let Askren sit out much further because he doesn’t want his talent to go to waste.
“I’ve been a staunch support of Ben Askren,” Rebney said. “We can all agree: He’s ridiculously one-dimensional. But with the issue that one dimension is that he’s better at it than anyone in the face of the earth. I don’t know if Ben will be with us, I don’t know if Ben will be with the UFC. But wherever he goes, he will remain dominant and he will remain amazingly effective at the one thing he does better than anybody.”