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02nd Mar 2019

Watch Ben Askren refuse handshake with Dana White at weigh-ins before confronting UFC boss

Askren and White fucking hate each other

Oli Dugmore

SINGAPORE - MAY 30: Ben Askren of United States of America enters the ring during his fight against Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan during OneFC Honor & Glory at Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Askren and White fucking hate each other

‘Funky’ Ben Askren’s journey to the UFC, via the first ever mixed martial arts trade from ONE FC for Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, was very difficult.

He accuses the UFC, and Dana White specifically, of leaving him out in the cold before joining ONE FC. Askren says he negotiated an exit from Bellator following the promise of a UFC contract but, once he faxed over confirmation his exit from the rival promotion, Dana White declined to sign him.

After dominating the ONE FC roster with his vicious and unrelenting wrestling, taking down opponents at will, Askren eventually made his move.

However, in interviews since, Askren insists Dana has not met him – only participating by speaker phone during the negotiations.

The pair have also clashed in the past, with Askren calling White a “bold-faced liar,” prompting the UFC bossman to tweet the following:

So, at the UFC 235 weigh-ins, Askren may well have come face to face with White for the first time since joining the promotion.

For those unfamiliar with the ceremonial event, White typically shakes each fighter’s hand and wishes them good luck. But when Askren stepped off the scale he did not take White’s extended arm, instead opting to shout at him in a very animated fashion.

Microphones did not quite pick up the exchange, hopefully an episode of UFC embedded will reveal the conversation at a later date.

Here it is:

Askren will fight ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler on the 235 main event. A victory will put him in contention for a welterweight title fight or contender decider. If former champion wins, don’t expect Dana to put Funky anywhere near the top five anytime soon.