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Despite news of Askren's recent release from Bellator's matching clause, the UFC president says he's not interested in signing the former Olympian.

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Post #1   11/14/13 8:55:14PM   

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Post #2   11/14/13 9:09:45PM   

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Dana will sign him, I just don't think he wants to pay him much.

If not, WSOF will take him.

Post #3   11/14/13 9:27:48PM   

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Ben "Blanky" Askren couldn't strike his way out of a wet paper bag, he would stifle many of the UFC's lower tier fighters and get KTFO by someone with good TDD and striking.

No thanks, good decision Dana.

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Posted by Webbie

Dana will sign him, I just don't think he wants to pay him much.

If not, WSOF will take him.



In related news WSOF has already offered Askren a deal.


http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/11/14/5105974/world-series-of-fighting-offers-free-agent-ben-askren-a-contract

Post #5   11/14/13 10:50:46PM   

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what the hell? dana's letting his pride get in the way. just sign him for cheap and see how he does.

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Post #6   11/15/13 12:01:28AM   

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I don't know the exact legalities with what Bjorn said at the press conference as far as what he can still do, but it just feels wrong to take anything Bjorn says as fact. A press conference saying he relinquishes the right to match any contracts Ben receives.... Does that trump any document Bjorn could all-of-a-sudden sleazily produce when Askren signs somewhere? I'd need more proof if I were a rival organization, if I were interested, unless saying what he did at the press conference trumps ink and paper.

No reason to think he'd do that with Askren, but if anyone would pull something like that, it'd be Bjorn Rebney.

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Posted by airkerma

Fuck this


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Post #8   11/15/13 12:37:37AM   

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imho, i wouldnt be interested either..let WSOP pick him up and have him face off at Fitch..thats more likely to happen..

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I like the idea of him going to WSOF on a three fight deal. If he can beat Fitch, Burkman and the champ then bring him to the UFC.

Post #10   11/15/13 2:47:49AM   

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I always find news like this embarrassing for the "sport". Let's not pretend that Askren isn't a top guy. We all know he is. The premier MMA organisation in the world is not interested in one of the best welterweights in the world. That is embarrassing.

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This is bullshit. Complete bullshit. The top organisation in the world should always attempt to sign the top competition.

If you're worried about him being boring offer him a unique deal. 25k signing bonus, 20k to show, no win bonus for a decision victory, 20/30k for a finish.

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Posted by jae_1833


Posted by airkerma

Fuck this


I second the motion!



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Post #13   11/15/13 8:53:50AM   

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Posted by jjeans

This is bullshit. Complete bullshit. The top organisation in the world should always attempt to sign the top competition.

If you're worried about him being boring offer him a unique deal. 25k signing bonus, 20k to show, no win bonus for a decision victory, 20/30k for a finish.



I like this idea.
Give him more money if he finishes people. No win bonus for dry humping and punching like the toothfairy.

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Posted by infestructure

Ben "Blanky" Askren couldn't strike his way out of a wet paper bag, he would stifle many of the UFC's lower tier fighters and get KTFO by someone with good TDD and striking.

No thanks, good decision Dana.


I guess they should cut Maia then too right?

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