Although Ben Askren added the ONE FC Welterweight Championship to his resume last month, it’s the undefeated fighter’s ongoing beef with UFC boss man Dana White, which has garnered him more headlines in North America.
On the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, White was asked to comment on Askren, who you likely know, hasn’t had many nice things to say about the UFC boss man recently. While Askren has verbally bashed White in the past, a few days ago the decorated wrestler let the world know he doesn’t think the UFC President treats the promotion’s fighters very well. Askren also criticized White and the UFC for how they handled Renan Barao missing weight at UFC 177.
Then, of course, there was the now famous interview with “Inside MMA”, where Askren was cut off by the show’s host Kenny Rice, as he criticized White and the UFC.
So, what does White think of Askren and his recent criticisms? He’s probably totally cool with it right?
According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, here is some of what White had to say on “UFC Tonight”.
“I thought Tito (Ortiz) was the dumbest human being I ever met. This guy (Askren) is an absolute moron,” White said.
“The reality is, he claims that this is where he wants to fight, but the kid won’t shut his mouth,” White added. “If he’s that happy over in Asia, and that organization is doing so well, then what the hell is he talking about me for. If your life is so great, you love where you’re fighting and that Asian organization is just growing leaps and bounds by the day, then it sounds like everything is going great. If everything is going your way, then why are you talking about me, and why are you concerned about what is going on with the UFC. Do your thing.”
Now if you’re shocked by anything White had to say, then clearly you don’t know the UFC President very well..
The funny thing is that Askren’s stock has probably never been higher, as he’s finished four straight fights, and his rivalry with White has introduced him to more mainstream fans. In other words, if Askren can keep winning, and if he keeps tossing verbal jabs the UFC’s way, the buzz behind him will only grow and grow.
Of course, Askren still reportedly has four bouts left on his ONE FC deal, so no one will see “Funky”in the Octagon anytime soon.
Askren quickly took out Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC 19 last month to win the promotion’s welterweight title. In Askren’s ONE FC debut in May, the 30 year-old fighter tapped out Bakhtiyar Abbasov with a first round, arm-triangle-choke.