So far, there’s no word on Ben Askren’s status since completing his Bellator contract. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney waived the waiting period and is allowing Askren to make a deal with the UFC.
“Ben said he wanted to go out and see what the UFC would offer,” said Rebney on Inside MMA. “I said, ‘You know what? Let’s cut this short. You go out and see what they’ll offer, and we’ll make a determination from there.’ So right now, we’re just waiting for Ben to come back, show us the offer from the UFC and we’ll make a determination from there.”
It’s not known if Bellator will attempt to match an offer from the UFC. There’s still no clear answer if the UFC and Askren are even working on a potential deal.
UFC president Dana White isn’t taking Bellator on their word and used the lengthy Eddie Alvarez court battle to defend his claim.
Askren is the current Bellator welterweight champion. He’s undefeated with 12 wins and holds a record four title defense for the promotion. This year Askren stopped Karl Amoussou and Andrey Koreshkov to finish his nine fight deal with Bellator.