Bellator’s Rebney not that interested in re-signing Askren

Posted: August 21, 2013 in Latest news

benBjorn Rebney REALLY wanted to keep lightweight Eddie Alvarez in Bellator. That must mean he REALLY doesn’t think he needs welterweight champ Ben Askren. With an expired contract—essentially making him a free agent—the UFC expressed their interest in signing Askren. Rebney has responded, but not in a way I expected.

“I don’t think we’re going to make an offer at this point,” Rebney told ESPN. Man, he gave up pretty easily didn’t he? He added, “if Ben’s going to go to the UFC, we should speed up that process so he can go fight. I’d love to see Ben versus GSP.”

That’s a severe contrast to the way Bellator handled the Alvarez case, and it must point to their lack of desire to keep him. Askren has steamrolled the Bellator competition without too much trouble, winning 9 straight fights in the promotion.

We saw how devastating his wrestling can be in the sport—some say he’s one dimensional, and I agree. In the UFC, while his wrestling would still be head and shoulders above most, his days of dominating with that skill are over.

The UFC’s welterweight division is loaded with guys who can hold their own in the wrestling department, while also bringing a much more varied attack that could cause some serious problems for Askren. Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann and others are a huge step up from Douglas Lima and Karl Amoussou.

Still, the wrestling aspect of Askren’s game is ON PAPER better than everyone else’s. That makes him a tough match up for anyone. The concern is—as demonstrated in the Andrey Koreshkov fight—that his ground and pound won’t scare anyone. His version of GnP would make Jake Shields’ hands look like the Incredible Hulk.


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