Dana Unblocked Askren, Claims He Doesn’t Hate Him
UFC president Dana White has never hated Ben Askren, no matter what his latest signing claimed leading into UFC 230.
“We just talked, this guy thinks I hate him,” White said of Askren during the UFC 230 post-fight press conference at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “If I hated you, why would I do this deal? I’m the one who did this deal, I’m the one who came up with this deal. This was my idea. Why would I do this if I hated you so bad and didn’t want you to be here?”
Askren made the jump to the UFC following a trade that would send former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship for their former welterweight champion, Askren.
“I’m just as excited. In this sport, you find guys who, people believe they’re great or they believe they’re great. It’s very hard to go undefeated in this sport,” White said of potential opponents for Askren. “I don’t care who you are, who you fought, it’s very hard to go undefeated. When you have situations like this, I love bringing people in like him to find out if they really are. It’s incredible. It’s great. In my opinion, it was a great deal for me.”
Askren truly believed that White hated him for years, claiming as much due to White blocking him on Twitter… Which was news to Dana.
“I didn’t even know that he was blocked on Twitter,” White said.
“It wasn’t my first priority. I’ve been doing some s**t, you know? I’ve been busy. I had my girl who does it unblock him on Twitter.”