Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently said that he strongly believes former Bellator and current ONE FC welterweight champion, Ben Askren, never really wanted to test himself inside the world-famous Octagon, despite his efforts to get signed by the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
And White says people close to "Funky" will say the same.
But as Askren recently declared on "The MMA Hour," Dana's comments -- as well as everything he's ever said about him -- is a complete and blatant lie.
"No, it's a blatant lie. Everything he tells you is a blatant lie about me. I mean, I can't say in general; I can't say all he says isn't true. I mean, first he says, I'm not skilled enough. I mean that's laughable when we're talking anything about MMA. And then they go and sign a 0-0 fighter (CM Punk). And I'm like, 'Wow, really?' At the end of the day, the only real mutual acquaintance we have would be Anthony Pettis, the champion. I've never said anything of that matter to Anthony. The only thing he could possibly acquaint with that is when I said that if I do go to UFC, I want to get paid fairly. So he assumes because someone wants to get paid fairly, that they don't want to fight inside the UFC. But other than that, I can't think of anything I would have said that would incline him to think that."
Askren and White's beef with one another has been very well publicized and eventually landed Askren with ONE FC after the two sides couldn't reach an agreement to have Ben compete under the UFC banner.
As for the "0-0" fighter, CM Punk, Askren wasn't too thrilled upon hearing the news that a former pro wrestler with zero MMA skills was hired, while "Funky" was not considered to be a UFC-caliber fighter. His criticism, however, was not aimed at Punk himself, but rather White and his band of merry men.
That's why Askren is confident there will be no beef between he and Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, when the former WWE star begins his training at Roufusport where Askren not only polishes his skills, but serves as the wrestling coach, as well.