When the UFC made an offer to Eddie Alvarez, Bellator was surprised how low the offer was to secure the fighter and they quickly counter offered. This of course sparked a year long back and forth legal battle that has left Alvarez on the sidelines for more than a year. Bellator’s welterweight champion Ben Askren’s contract is also up, but according to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney they aren’t even going to make an offer for their current champ.
Rebney told ESPN:
“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.”
“If Ben’s going to go to the UFC, we should speed up that process so he can go fight. I’d love to see Ben versus Georges St-Pierre.”
“Until the wrestling game evolves they’re going to have big problems with a guy like Ben Askren,” the promoter said. “He does what he does, takes them out of their environment, and that makes for incredibly lopsided fights.”
“If the UFC does make an offer, we’ll take a look at it and move on from there. We haven’t been proactive yet. I have nothing but good things to say about Ben as a fighter, but we’re all very aware of how he fights and what he does — it’s not for everyone.”
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