Ben Askren And Scott Coker In Disagreement Over Bellator Offer

It seems that former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren was in negotiations with Bellator before he joined the UFC recently, but the star and Bellator CEO Scott Coker have engaged in a public disagreement over exactly how it all went down.

It all began with Coker suggested to that Askren had been offered the chance to fight in Bellator’s welterweight grand-prix.

Askren then responded on Twitter saying that wasn’t quite true.

“Well this is about a half truth from @ScottCoker I wanted to fight Rory,” Askren wrote. “He said no. Simple.”

Coker then fired back with a different version of their conversation.

“I know you’re used to people not responding to you, but the truth is you & your team were only interested in a one-fight deal & when we asked Bob Cook if you would fight in the Welterweight Grand Prix on a three fight deal – you didn’t want to do it,” Coker stated.

“Scott so what about my tweet was false?” Askren responded.

“We would have given you @rory_macdonald to start the grand prix & you didn’t want to do it,” Coker replied.

“Which is fine, I just want to make sure the facts are straight, don’t spin it like Rory & I were ducking you. You chose not to enter the tournament.”

Askren has since indicated he feels Coker is bending the truth.

“I think you are pushing alternative facts here. I can go back and look through old messages/emails, but this sure isn’t the way I recall it. You and I both know Rory vs me looks very similar to Rory vs Gerard.”

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