The war of words between UFC President Dana White and One FC welterweight champion Ben Askren continued on Wednesday.
White appeared on “UFC Tonight” and was asked by the panel what his thoughts on Askren were after the fighter made recent comments about the UFC boss. White, as he typically does, bashed the fighter for speaking negatively about the UFC figurehead.
“I thought Tito [Ortiz] was the dumbest human being I ever met. This guy is an absolute moron,” White said on the program.
Askren made a recent appearance on “Inside MMA,” wherein he talked about wanting to fight in the UFC and prove he’s the best in the world. The fighter added, however, that he’s not sure he wants to “stoop” to White’s level in order to prove his talents.
White reacted and added that he thinks Askren steals the act of one of the UFC executive’s old foes, Tito Ortiz.
“He’s copying everything Tito does,” White said. “Tito ought to sue him for taking that one.
Askren recently transitioned from Bellator, where he long held the company’s welterweight title, to One FC, where he won that organization’s 170-pound title last month.
Askren has made claims that he is more than happy with One FC and what they’ve provided him for his career. White, however, suggested that he’s not buying it, and it all stems from the attention he and his company are getting from the fighter.
“And the reality is [Askren] claims that this is where he wants to fight, but the kid won’t shut his mouth,” he said. “And if he’s that happy over in Asia and that organization is doing so well, then what the hell is he talking about me for? If your life’s so great and you love where you’re fighting, and that Asian organization is just growing leaps and bounds by the day, then it sounds like everything’s great [and] going your way … do your thing.”
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