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Ben Askren not impressed with Dana White’s change of heart: ‘He doesn't care enough about the athletes’

One FC champion Ben Askren appeared on The MMA Hour Tuesday afternoon to discuss his opinion on Dana White’s recent change of heart regarding his potential signing.

Dana White may have had a noticeable change of heart regarding Ben Askren potentially joining the UFC, but that does not mean "Funky" is going to come running to answer the call anytime soon.

"My initial feeling is like, ‘so what?'" Askren confidently shrugged. "It's kind of like all of us had that time in high school when we were bullied by the cool group of kids," Askren said. "Then we did something, then the cool group said ‘oh my god, can you be part of our group?' Then some of us who didn't have low self-esteem said 'well, you didn't want me the first time, I'm alright.' Then some other people, they run, ‘the cool kids want to hang out with me? Yes, please.' I think it's kind of one of those things."

Askren was expected to head for the UFC after he was let go by Bjorn Rebney from Bellator while still their welterweight champion. Although he had one meeting with UFC officials, it achieved very little and ended with White suggesting he should go fight on "f***ing Pluto."

"Him saying I'm not good enough for the UFC? I've got more skills in my pinky finger than half the damn guys in the UFC," Askren said. "Have you seen some of these guys fighting lately? It's ridiculous. Having the letters UFC behind my name is not the be-all, end-all it is for someone. Some people think once they get into the UFC, that's it."

Now happy with his position at One FC, the largest MMA promotion in South East Asia, Askren does not see himself switching organizations anytime soon, particularly with the inexcusable attitude that White has with fighters who don't toe the line.

"Even last weekend, Barao, did he make a mistake? Yeah, he blew it," said Askren. "He freakin' blew it, big time. He probably shouldn't be at 135 pounds. But the way Dana just threw him under the bus like he was a piece of garbage. Where was some human decency there? I think we've seen it time after time with Dana. And so I think at the end of the day he cares about his bottom line a lot and he doesn't care enough about the athletes."

To add to his lengthy retort, Askren mentioned that his criticisms about the UFC, which included their drug-testing policies, have come back to haunt them over the past few months.

"Obviously, you know, he says I said a lot stupid s--," Askren said. "I said true s--. If we go all the way back to the start, Ariel, when I made the comment that he was telling lies about the drug testing issue, all I said was, it can't be done, it is done at the Olympic level. And now we're seeing in 2014, they're actually taking those measures to do what I said in 2012, they're doing in 2014, and they're getting done because they realize how rampant performance enhancing drugs are in our sport."

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