The UFC and Bellator may want nothing to do with Ben Askren (pictured), but ONE FC certainly does. As been heavily rumored, the former Bellator welterweight champion has inked a multi-fight deal to join the Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion.
“Excited to have signed with and be fighting for the largest MMA organization in Asia @ONEFCMMA @EvolveMMA,” Askren tweeted Monday night.
Askren became a restricted free agent after successfully defending his title against Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 97 in July. Instead of stringing things along like they did with Eddie Alvarez, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney decided to let Askren walk without matching any offers presented to the 29-year-old by rival organizations.
Rebney has taken several jabs at Askren in the past few months, specifically when he released the wrestler and claimed Askren was “a completely one-dimensional fighter.”
It was presumed UFC president Dana White would gobble up Bellator’s castoff, but White said Askren, who owns a perfect 12-0 professional record, “hasn’t fought anybody” and “needs to get some more wins” before competing inside the Octagon.
Most believe White made his comments and refused to sign Askren to slight the level of talent Bellator possesses.
No word on when Askren will make his ONE FC debut.