UFC president Dana White and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney are no strangers to going back and forth at each other in the media, but White has taken the most recent shot.
Bellator has said they will let welterweight champ Ben Askren walk, which likely means he would be heading to the UFC, but White doesn’t think things will be that easy because of the way that Rebney has worked in the past.
“Bjorn Rebney’s a scumbag,” White said following UFC Fight Night 27 on Wednesday night. “The guy says, ‘Yeah, we’re going to let him go. Let’s just part ways.’ You ain’t f—ing parting ways with him. He’s got a matching right and all that bulls—. This guy is a fucking typical boxing piece of s—. Everybody knows the guy is a scumbag.
“We’ll see what happens with Ben. First they say they’re going to let him go. They’re not going to let him go. They’ll probably end up suing him too and make him sit out and lose a bunch of money and f— him in a deal. Bad guys. They’re bad guys.”
Well, there is certainly no love lost between the two promotions.
White is still upset, understandably, about how Rebney and Bellator handled former champion Eddie Alvarez when he was hoping to sign with the UFC. Rebney and company took Alvarez to court and forced him to eventually re-sign with the promotion.
Now, White expects the same type of politicking with Askren.
Let’s hope that is not the case.
The UFC wants the best of the best and there is no doubt that Askren is among the best at 170-pounds. For Bellator to take legal action to keep Askren from the UFC would be criminal.