After Bellator MMA set him free, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White revealed he would not sign the former two-time NCAA Division-1 wrestling champion because he "still had a lot of work to do."
A move Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeny called "disingenuous."
Appearing on the "The MMA Hour," Askren declared that he doesn't take White's comments personal, but did extend an offer of his own to the Las Vegas fight boss, asking White to put him inside the Octagon against Rory MacDonald, a fighter who seems to "bug" Ben.
Should Askren lose to "Ares," then he would not accept a fight purse and walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) forever.
"I have already told Dana, obviously via twitter, not face-to-face, I don't have his cell phone number; I told him I would fight 'GSP' for free if I lost. If I lost, you don't have to pay me anything, that's how confident in my abilities I am. Now, I'll make a new offer to Dana. Obviously, 'GSP' and Hendricks are going to have a rematch, barring 'GSP's' retirement, which I don't think is going to stand. That was in the heat of the moment. Rory MacDonald is another guy that, he really just bugs me and he irks me. It was really nice to see him get knocked off his pedestal on Saturday night, but, if Dana White were willing, if I lost to him (Rory), I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA because that's how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald. I am not completely financially motivated, I obviously want to make a living, but at the same time, I want to beat the best guys in the world."
Of course, a very confident and undefeated Askren (12-0) said he would still take a fight against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre over MacDonald, but knows the likelihood of that happening at this moment are slim to none.
"Ares" dropped a split decision victory to Robbie Lawler at UFC 157 this past weekend (Nov. 16, 2013), ending his run at the division title. Something that was apparently very satisfying for Askren to see.
Unlike UFC, World Series of Fighting (WSOF), did extend a contract offer to Askren, one which Ben is currently mulling over. In the meantime, "Funky" says his management team will take a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to meet with ZUFFA officials about possible employment.
But will Ben's newest offer -- or the meeting -- be enough for White to change his tune on signing him?