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Ben Askren Says He’ll Fight Rory MacDonald for Free, Will Retire If He Loses


Since being released by Bellator on November 14th, former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren has been a free agent. UFC President Dana White has previously stated that he has no interest in signing his rival organization’s welterweight champion, but recently, Askren has made an offer that even White might not be able to refuse.

Following this weekend’s historical UFC 167 controversy, Askren sat down with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour to chat about potentially signing with the UFC, and his thoughts on Rory MacDonald. 

“Rory MacDonald is another guy that…he really just bugs me and he irks me. It was really nice to see him get knocked off his pedestal on Saturday night, but if Dana White were willing, if I lost to him [Rory], I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA because that’s how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald.”

The undefeated twenty-nine year old has dominated almost every competitor he has ever fought, with the exception of Jay Hieron whom he narrowly defeated by split decision. Shortly after the loss, Hieron signed with the UFC and dropped two consecutive bouts.

White has yet to comment on Askren’s offer.