Stop me if you’ve heard this before:
Bellator will not try to resign a main event fighter who’s contract is currently up.
Yep, just like they did with Eddie Alvarez, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is stating the promotion does not plan to make an offer to current welterweight champion Ben Askren.
After Alvarez saw his contract expire, he was told the same. However, after seeing what the UFC presented, Bellator matched. The two sides ended up going to court, with Alvarez resigning and competing on Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito later this year vs. Michael Chandler.
“I don’t think we’re going to make an offer at this point. So, I don’t see any reason to make anybody sit out,” said Rebney, in an interview with ESPN, in regards to Askren. “If Ben’s going to the UFC, we should speed up that process so he can fight. I’d love to see Ben vs. Georges St-Pierre.”
Askren defeated Andrey Koreshkov in his most recent title defense, fulfilling his contract in the process. UFC president Dana White has talked about Askren before – both positively and negatively – in regards to the former U.S. Olympian’s style.