UFC President Dana White had a lot of answers do give at the post-fight UFC 177 Media Scrum and one of those questions he had to answer was if current ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren could still get a shot in the UFC at some point. Apparently, White is open to the idea. However, Askren has a hard time with how Dana White deals with fighters and people in general. That is not good if you are Dana White and the UFC who would try to sign Askren if and when they could.
“I have a hard time with how Dana White treats people…It’s kind of like all of us had that time in high school when we were bullied by the cool group of kids. Then we did something, then the cool group said ‘oh my god, can you be part of our group?’ Then some of us who didn’t have low self esteem said ‘well, you didn’t want me the first time, I’m alright.’ Then some other people, they run, ‘the cool kids want to hang out with me? Yes, please.’ I think it’s kind of one of those things.”
“Him saying I’m not good enough for the UFC? I’ve got more skills in my pinky finger than half the damn guys in the UFC. Have you seen some of these guys fighting lately? It’s ridiculous. Having the letters UFC behind my name is not the be-all, end-all it is for someone. Some people think once they get into the UFC, that’s it. I think with having more large organizations in the word, it’s going to be great for the fighters, because the right now the fighters are being underpaid greatly, in my opinion, and I was one who was able to step outside that box and go find a great paycheck somewhere else.”
Askren appeared on the MMA Hour to discuss this situation.
“I’m not going to grovel. I’m not going to be a kiss-up. I think he started with the personal attacks before I did. … If he wanted to meet face to face and talk, we could settle the beef, I’d be open to that.”
While Askren is still with ONE FC, he does not have a scheduled fight as of this writing. He is coming off a win over Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO at ONE FC: Reign of Champions on August 29th.