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Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Bellator’s Scott Coker Not Interested in One Fight Deal With Ben Askren

Ben Askren (photo via ONE Championship)

By FCF Staff

Recently Ben Askren exchanged tweets with Bellator’s welterweight champ Rory MacDonald, but it doesn’t sound like Scott Coker’s interested in making that match-up.

Askren has said he’s no longer interested in fighting, unless it involves facing one of the planet’s best welterweights, like Georges St-Pierre or MacDonald. The decorated wrestler remains under contract with ONE Championship.

Following Bellator 198, Coker was asked about the possibility of bringing Askren in for a fight with MacDonald, and the promotion’s president said this (quote via MMA Junkie):

“Ben, I don’t really think wants to fight,” Coker said. “I think he wants to fight one more fight and be done with it. That’s what I understand.”

“To me, we have a lot of plans for these guys in the 170-pound weight class. We’re going to keep everybody busy. We’ve got a big fight for (Michael Page) coming up in London. We’ve got a big fight for (Jon) Fitch and (Paul) Daley in San Jose on May 12.

“We’re going to keep these guys busy. I want fighters that are going to be here fighting.”

Askren quickly stopped Shinya Aoki in his last bout, which took place in November, to move his overall record to 18-0.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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