Dana White Open to Meeting With Ben Askren When ONE Championship Deal is Over
By FCF Staff
Ben Askren and Dana White have had issues in the past, but the UFC President says he’s willing to meet with the undefeated fighter, when he’s a free agent.
Askren and White were at odds a couple of years ago, after the former Bellator champ entered free agency and expressed an interest in signing with the UFC. White, however, claimed Askren wasn’t truly interested in signing with the promotion, and the vaunted wrestler was quick to fire back in return.
More recently, Askren announced he was done fighting, unless a massive opportunity, like fighting Georges St-Pierre, materialized. During a recent episode of the UFC’s podcast, White was asked about Askren, and he said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Ben Askren hit me up a few months ago and said ‘what are the odds that we can talk about me getting into the UFC?’ White said. “And I said we can absolutely talk about it. And we, I had him, I said you need to send me a letter, before I even talk with you or meet with you or do anything, I need a letter saying you’re a free agent and you’re able to whatever. And he’s not a free agent. He’s not a free agent, he’s under contract with One FC and he’s going to have to go fulfill his contract with them before I would even meet with him or talk to him.”
The 34 year-old Askren’s last bout took place in November, 2017, when he quickly finished Shinya Aoki.