Dana White has been making the rounds with a promotional tour for UFC 168, and in addition to discussing Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, he’s also fielded a few questions about Bellator. This past weekend in Rio de Janeiro, White argued that Bellator has “no value”‘, when asked whether the UFC might ever considering buying it’s competitor (as they did with PRIDE and Strikeforce, etc). It turns out the UFC boss man also had, once again, some less than flattering things to say about Bellator’s contracts.
In the summer, White said he would be interested in talking to Bellator welterweight champ and free agent Ben Askren. Bellator’s CEO, Bjorn Rebney, announced that if the UFC made a significant offer, the promotion likely wouldn’t match it (as Bellator has the contractual right to do–see the whole Eddie Alvarez thing). Here it is, October 1st, however, and it remains to be seen where Askren will be fighting next. When asked about Askren this weekend in Brazil, White took aim at his competitor (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“The way that they do their deals, their guys are screwed,” White said. “Those guys can’t go out and test the fair market. They can’t do anything.”
“Anybody who would sign a contract with them is insane”
So, reading in between the lines, you get the sense White is hesitant to go down this road with Bellator once again. In the meantime, it looks like Askren will finish 2013 without fighting again. The decorated wrestler has gone 2-0 this year, by scoring one-sided wins over Karl Amoussou and Andrey Koreshkov.
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