Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White promoted coffeehouse barista Patrick Cummins to co-main event status against Daniel Cormier for the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Feb. 22, 2014 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And Ben Askren is not too happy about it.
That's because the former Bellator welterweight champion -- long considered the best 170 pounder not competing for ZUFFA -- was recently snubbed by the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, thanks to a longstanding rivalry with Bellator, Viacom and of course, "Bjork" Rebney.
Askren vents on Twitter:
So I haven't fought anyone, but a guy who is 4-0 and opponents' combined record is 9-19 gets an immediate co-main fight. Lets hear the real reason. Didn't [want] a former Bellator MMA fighter to come and prove he is the best in the world!
He ended it with the less-than-flattering hashtag of #fatbaldmansegoistoobig.
Askren was not re-signed by Bellator and has since hooked up with One Fighting Championship (ONE FC) in Singapore, where he is expected to fight for the division title on May 30, taking on the winner of Brock Larson vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki (more on that fight here).
That's the kind of "stupidness" White said he doesn't have time for.
And if your argument is "sour grapes," because Cummins will likely make borscht compared to what Askren was asking for, remember that the former Olympian offered to fight in UFC for free and promised to retire from combat sports if he was unable to succeed in his opening bout.
Whether he would or wouldn't is not the point. The point is we'll never know.