Scott Coker & Ben Askren Argue Over Failed Negotiations

Bellator President Scott Coker and Ben Askren went back-and-forth over failed negotiations. Askren is the newest member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster. This is thanks to a trade between the UFC and ONE Championship. Askren was relea…

Bellator President Scott Coker and Ben Askren went back-and-forth over failed negotiations. Askren is the newest member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster. This is thanks to a trade between the UFC and ONE Championship. Askren was released from his ONE contract to sign with the UFC in exchange for Demetrious Johnson. Scott Coker […]

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Ben Askren & Scott Coker Exchange Words Over Possible Bellator Deal

Scott Coker didn’t back down from the comments made by Ben Askren.

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Ben Askren & Scott Coker had an interesting exchange through the power of social media over what could have been a working relationship.

It appears that before he signed a deal with the UFC, Askren could’ve ended up in Bellator MMA. The only question is what that deal would’ve seen and what circumstances.

The whole situation started once the Bellator President did an interview with The Fight Guys podcast that was picked up by BJPenn.com. Askren caught wind of this interview and what Coker had to say.

Those comments were how Coker had talks to co-promote with Askren’s bosses at ONE Championship. If the deal could be made then it would have seen Askren compete in Bellator’s eight-man Welterweight Grand Prix.

Obviously, that didn’t happen as Askren has since been traded to the UFC. This led to Askren saying that he only wanted to fight current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in Bellator MMA. No one else. Askren also made it known that the promotion refused to book that fight, which ended the talks.

Scott Coker Fires Back

Coker fired back at Askren by stating that it was Askren’s choice not to sign a long-term deal with Bellator. Askren wrote back by stating that he was saying something along those same lines.

“I know you’re used to people not responding to you. But the truth is you & your team were only interested in a one-fight deal. When we asked Bob Cook if you would fight in the Welterweight Grand Prix on a three fight deal. You didn’t want to do it.”

Clarification Anyone?

This is when Coker tried to clarify his comments about how Askren could have fought MacDonald right away. The only catch was that it would have taken place in the opening round of the Welterweight Grand Prix.

“We would have given you @rory_macdonald to start the grand prix & you didn’t want to do it. Which is fine, I just want to make sure the facts are straight. Don’t spin it like Rory & I were ducking you. You chose not to enter the tournament.”

Thus, Askren ended the exchange with the last word by stating that coker was “pushing alternative facts”.

“I think you are pushing alternative facts here. I can go back and look through old messages/emails. But this sure isn’t the way I recall it. You and I both know Rory vs me looks very similar to Rory vs Gerard.”

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Darren Till Is Calling Out Anderson Silva

Timing is everything. And for Darren Till, his decision to move up to middleweight looks that much better with the recent addition of Ben Askren to the UFC’s roster. Moving up in weight means Till will have to give up his far-fetched dream of fighting Conor McGregor. However, new challengers are emerging. Former middleweight champion […]

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Timing is everything. And for Darren Till, his decision to move up to middleweight looks that much better with the recent addition of Ben Askren to the UFC’s roster.

Moving up in weight means Till will have to give up his far-fetched dream of fighting Conor McGregor. However, new challengers are emerging.

Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will soon return from a 12-month USADA suspension. He tested positive for methyltestosterone metabolites and hydrochlorothiazide. Silva has been trying to build some interest in a McGregor fight. But that’s only because “Notorious” brought it up in the first place.

Till didn’t take too kindly to Silva trying to get a fight with McGregor and responded with some straight venom via Twitter.

It’s really a futile argument, as McGregor can’t even begin to entertain fight offers until NSAC considers whether or not to suspend him for his part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As for Till, if he does get Silva at the next UFC show in London in March of 2019, that fight would figure to be the main event or the co-main at the very least.

Either way, lets hope. Silva doesn’t follow the footsteps of so many great combat sports athletes before him. Let’s hope he will retire before he gets retired. We’ll see if Till will get a chance to be the one to do it. As of right now, it doesn’t seem likely.

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Scott Coker Says Bellator Was In Talks With ONE Championship Before Ben Askren Trade

Bellator President Scott Coker explains why things didn’t work out in terms of co-promoting with ONE Championship to bring in Ben Askren. Despite initially retiring after a dominant win over Shinya Aoki, it was clear that “Funky” stil…

Bellator President Scott Coker explains why things didn’t work out in terms of co-promoting with ONE Championship to bring in Ben Askren. Despite initially retiring after a dominant win over Shinya Aoki, it was clear that “Funky” still wanted to compete. The problem was in competition. ONE Championship doesn’t have the higher end welterweight talent […]

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Ben Askren Responds To Conor McGregor’s Recent ONE Comments

Earlier this week, UFC star Conor McGregor took an odd shot at ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The UFC and ONE Championship recently pulled off the first major trade in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Demetrious Johnson was sent to ONE in exchange for Ben…

Earlier this week, UFC star Conor McGregor took an odd shot at ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The UFC and ONE Championship recently pulled off the first major trade in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Demetrious Johnson was sent to ONE in exchange for Ben Askren. As a result, many believe the UFC is planning on shutting down […]

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Ben Askren Owns Conor McGregor With Logical Response

Ben Askren just owned Conor McGregor by his own logic.

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Ben Askren owns Conor McGregor with a logical response to the recent comments made by the fellow UFC star.

Earlier this week, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion made headlines due to his comments about a certain topic. That was his take on the UFC’s handling of the flyweight division.

So for a quick recap, McGregor took to Twitter to give his take the situation. He placed the blame on ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong for the reported dissolution. McGregor wants ONE to sign the entire division.

The reason for this is due to the division losing its biggest name and the UFC thinking that the flyweights don’t draw. ONE Championship recently signed Demetrious Johnson as part of a trade with the UFC, who gets Askren.

This brings us to Askren’s response where he pointed out one problem with McGregor’s comments. That was why just losing one fighter (Johnson) would lead to the doom of the entire division.

He brought up how once McGregor wasn’t around, the UFC didn’t get rid of the featherweight division. Instead, Max Holloway took over the division and will make his next title defense against Brian Ortega at the UF 231 PPV event. This show goes down on December 8th. Askren wrote the following:

“I mean Featherweight survived without @TheNotoriousMMA in it, flyweight can’t survive without @MightyMouse ?? Are you telling us DJ>CM???”

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