One of the hottest prospects right now in MMA is Ben Askren, who was recently released from his Bellator contract. He is currently undefeated and is one of the best wrestlers in the sport. It looked like Askren was headed to the UFC, but the promotion has yet to offer him a contact.
Dana White told the MMA media recently that Askren has a lot of work to do before they consider making an offer. So, this sort of leaves Askren in limbo unless he wants to fight under the World Series Of Fighting promotion. Askren recently spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, revealing that he is interested in fighting Rory MacDonald.
In fact, Askren offered to fight for free, and if he loses, he will retire from MMA all together. These are bold words coming from Askren as he has yet to face the elite fighters in the welterweight division, which is one of the best divisions in the UFC. MacDonald is coming off a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler, so this fight makes since in terms of relevancy.
A MacDonald bout would be a huge test for Askren, who believes he has what it takes to be a champion and even beat Georges St. Pierre. It’s going to be interesting to see whether or not the UFC takes Askren’s offer, but it seems like the UFC is trying to stay away from him for as long as possible because of his previous ties with Bellator. Does a MacDonald bout make the most sense for Askren at this point in his career?