Ben Askren has been dominant inside the Bellator cage. To date, he is undefeated, sporting a record of 12-0. Askren has always been one of the best wrestlers in all of MMA, but he has really turned a corner in terms of finishing his opponents. This was clear in his bouts with Karl Amoussou and Andrey Koreshkov.
Now that Askren has finished his Bellator contract, the door to the UFC is wide open. Or is it? Bellator’s president, Bjorn Rebney, told the MMA media that he would terminate Askren’s contract immediately if the UFC gave him a title shot for his first fight under the UFC banner. Sounds like a good deal, but Dana White has yet to respond to this offer.
White’s silence has even puzzled Rebney, who spoke to Sherdog.com about the matter:
“I’ve heard no response from them at all, which is unusual and an anomaly. I think it puts them in a difficult spot to claim the best fighters fight in the UFC.”
The UFC has always been one of the best promotions for the simple fact that fighters have to earn their title shot, and this will more than likely be the case for Askren. Askren will have to work his way up the welterweight ladder, which is one of the most competitive divisions in all of MMA.
This isn’t to say that Askren couldn’t do well against elite competition in the UFC, but it would only be fair to the other fighters in the division for Askren to earn his shot the hard way.