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Ben Askren reveals what UFC president Dana White mentioned to him after he signed on for the Jake Paul combat 

It’s no secret that Ben Askren didn’t get together with Dana White throughout his time within the UFC. Nevertheless, issues appeared to have modified since then. It looks as if the 2 are at the moment on a lot friendlier phrases, particularly since Ben Askren signed on to combat Jake Paul in an eight-round boxing match.

The UFC president has been fairly vocal about whose facet he’s on forward of the combat. White has even gone forward and linked Ben Askren with Freddie Roach, arguably probably the greatest boxing trainers within the fight sports activities world.

In an interview with James Lynch forward of the Tiller Struggle Membership contest, Ben Askren spoke in regards to the improvement of his relationship with the UFC president.

It seems, Dana White not solely made positive Ben Askren acquired the very best coaching potential, however he additionally referred to as him up for a chat, which got here as a shock to ‘Funky’.

“Dana White turning into my pal in any case this has been very attention-grabbing. I do not maintain grudges… I admire his assist. He hooked me up with Freddie, who has been nice,” mentioned Ben Askren.

“I used to be getting within the bathe at some point and Dana referred to as me and I used to be like, ‘Oh sh*t!’ and he was like, ‘Kick his a**,’ and I am like, ‘Oh okay, candy, that is cool, let’s do it.'”

Ben Askren will combat Jake Paul on April seventeenth below the Triller Struggle Membership banner on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ben Askren on his relationship with the UFC

In the course of the interview, Ben Askren refused to gas the rumor that he was handled harshly by the UFC following his loss to Jorge Masvidal. He made it clear that whereas he was not finest buddies with Dana White throughout his time with the promotion, he was not handled unfairly both.

“I might disagree. I might say I used to be handled pretty. I might not say Dana and I had the very best relationship or I would not say we have been shut or pleasant. I would not say these issues. However I believe I used to be handled adequately.”

Ben Askren additionally identified that no matter went down between him and the UFC again within the day was nothing private.

“{Dollars} and cents is what is sensible to the UFC,” Ben Askren mentioned, to clarify his level.

The UFC didn’t see Jorge Masvidal’s rise to fame coming after the 5-second knockout, in keeping with Ben Askren. The wrestler went on to state that the promotion had even anticipated him to win the combat towards Masvidal.

Revealed 07 Apr 2021, 23:13 IST