Ben Askren has endured a rocky relationship with Dana White lately, however the pair seem to have patched issues up.
The rationale for that… nicely it appears to be a mutual loathing of YouTuber Jake Paul – the ‘f****** YouTube child’.
Ex-UFC star Askren takes on Paul within the boxing ring on Saturday in Georgia to settle their much-hyped however controversial feud.
White thinks so little of Paul’s potential he was even keen to wager $1million that Askren would knock him out.
The YouTuber provided to double White’s wager to $2million, such was his confidence that he would beat the previous Bellator champion.
White’s backing of Askren would have appeared unimaginable as soon as upon a time. He by no means confirmed this a lot confidence in him throughout his MMA profession.
Askren was a former school wrestling star who went on to compete on the 2008 Olympics earlier than making his MMA debut in 2009.
Simply 18 months after his first struggle, and 7 wins later, he turned Bellator’s welterweight champion and defended his title 5 occasions.
The primary time White seems to have clashed with Askren was in a tweet again in 2012 the place he responded to a declare made by the fighter.
Askren accused White of being a ‘daring confronted liar’ for saying the UFC doesn’t have the sources for random drug exams.
In response, the UFC president mentioned: “When ambien sleeps it takes Ben Askren. Most boring fighter in MMA historical past. I might quite watch flys f***.”
Askren moved from Bellator to ONE Championship in 2014 and shortly gained the welterweight title.
He defended his title quite a few occasions and stored his unbeaten document. Someone who stays undefeated is certain to get loads of consideration from the UFC, however Askren’s relationship with White seemed to be the sticking level.
The previous Olympian gave the impression to be joyful not have a UFC contract.
In 2017, Askren instructed MMAWeekly: “For me, the most important profit (of not being within the UFC) isn’t having to work with Dana White. That guys is a freaking scumbag.
“Even when he paid me triple what I’m incomes right here, which is a boatload of cash, I can’t see myself working for him.
“He’s only a horrible individual all spherical.”
Askren was finally delivered to the UFC in 2019 when he was traded to the promotion with Demetrious Johnson heading to ONE Championship.
The 2 seemed to be pally on stage, with their arms round one another. However the facade didn’t final lengthy.
Askren refused to shake Dana White’s hand on the UFC 235 weigh-in and appeared to change a selection phrase or two.
He would go on to beat Robbie Lawler in that struggle, however went on to lose his undefeated document the subsequent time he stepped into the octagon.
Askren was knocked out in simply 5 seconds by Jorge Masvidal following a sickening knee to the pinnacle at UFC 239 in 2019.
A second loss just some months later, to Demian Maia, noticed him announce his retirement from the game.
However the two seem to have put their variations apart as White hopes the 36-year-old can do him a favour in knocking out Paul.
The UFC president even linked him up with famed boxing coach Freddie Roach.
“Dana White turning into my buddy in spite of everything this has been very attention-grabbing. I don’t maintain grudges… I recognize his assist. He hooked me up with Freddie, who has been nice,” mentioned Askren in a latest interview.
“I used to be getting within the bathe in the future and Dana known as me and I used to be like, ‘Oh s***!’ and he was like, ‘Kick his a**,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh okay, candy, that is cool, let’s do it.’”
In a separate interview with YouTuber The Schmo, he mentioned: “Dana is my buddy now. It’s humorous how circumstances carry folks collectively typically.
“Even when the UFC traded for me, Dana and I weren’t buddy buddies essentially.
“Now he actually desires me to beat up Jake Paul, so he sort of hooked it up.”