Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is currently looking for work after his contract with the Viacom owned mixed martial arts promotion. Unfortunately for Askren, the Bellator contracts allow the promotion to match any offer that he receives and they haven’t been afraid to play dirty in the past.
This has caused a delay from the UFC as they look for the right offer, but in the meantime the undefeated welterweight appears to be considering retirement.
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who is a training partner of Askren’s at Roufusport, says that the former Olympic wrestler is considering retirement now that he is sitting on the sidelines and waiting for a new contract.
“One guy who is on the main stage, ready, is Ben Askren,” said Pettis at the UFC on FOX 9 pre-fight press conference. “He’s stuck between Bellator and the UFC, thinking about retiring. He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever trained with…I don’t want to see him get lost between organizations.”
Askren has been criticized for his fighting style in the past, but it would be very unfortunate to see such a quality mixed martial artist call it quits at just 29 years old.
Hopefully things will work out for Askren and he will be able to find a new home and continue to show off his skills inside of the cage.