Ben Askren remains a free agent who has his sights set on competing for the UFC welterweight title.
However, Askren understands the belt is likely to be tied up in a rematch between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks after their recent fight ended in a split decision.
So, Askren has another Tristar fighter in his target: Rory MacDonald.
“If Dana White were willing, if I lost to (MacDonald), I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA,” said Askren, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “That’s how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald.”
White, the president of the UFC, has stated he has no desire to sign Askren after Bellator officially parted ways with the welterweight champion. However, Askren, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, did say his management team is expected to meet with the UFC in the near future.