One of the most dominant fighters to ever step inside the Bellator cage has been Ben Askren. He is one of the best wrestlers in MMA right now, and he uses his funky wrestling style to dominate his foes on the ground time and time again.
His ground and pound has even improved as of late, allowing him to get multiple finishes. His latest win was over Andrey Koreshkov. Askren was able to get Koreshkov to the mat repeatedly, and he eventually got the finish via TKO (punches) in the fourth round.
This was Askren’s last bout under his Bellator contract, leaving the doors open for him to fight under the UFC banner. This would be interesting in that Askren is one of the best wrestlers, and may be the only fighter who could give Georges St. Pierre a run for his money in that department. Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s President, had the following to say about Askren potentially leaving his company in an interview with ESPN.
“I don’t think we’re going to make an offer at this point. So I don’t see any reason to make anybody sit out.”
This is huge news for Askren, but it’s interesting that Rebney said they wouldn’t make an offer to one of the best fighters under their promotion right now. Maybe this is a PR move on Rebney’s part, as it’s well documented that Bellator hasn’t had the best relationship with fighters in terms of their fighting contract.
If Askren does leave Bellator and transition over to the UFC, it’s going to be an exciting addition to the UFC welterweight roster, which is already as stacked as they come.