UFC not signing Ben Askren just yet, Dana White says

Elias Cepeda

UFC president Dana White recently met with recently released Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. Askren, a former Olympic wrestler, desperately wants to sign with the UFC in order to fight his way to the top of the 170 pound division.

The outspoken "Funky" one is ranked within the top 10 of many welterweight ranking lists and the UFC has signed fighters after they've lost to the undefeated Askren. White told USA Today that the meeting with Askren went well but that the UFC still has no interest in signing him at this point.

"The meeting went well," White said.

"He's a nice kid. I've got nothing personal against him. He's a nice guy. You know, we just won't be signing him."

Instead, White repeated that he feels Askren should sign with the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) organization, which has former UFC fighters like Josh Burkman, Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch signed to its roster.

“There’s competition for him at World Series of Fighting. This kid will probably sign with them. I don’t know (since) they’ve got to come to an agreement and a deal. But if he does, there’s actual competition for him there," White said.

“I think it’s crazy that he’s ranked in the top 10. He hasn’t fought anybody and has no challenges. The best thing that could’ve ever happened to that kid was leaving Bellator. Now he has the opportunity to go to World Series of Fighting and show what he’s got.”

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