Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Damon Martin  |  Last updated 10/17/13
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Offer made, offer declined -- with extreme prejudice. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told his welterweight champion and restricted free agent Ben Askren that if he could get a title shot on day one in the UFC, he would allow him to leave the promotion immediately while waiving all matching rights. Askren is currently out of contract after completing the last fight on his deal with the company in July, but Bellator still has matching rights for any offer he receives from another company. The time period for the matching rights has not been confirmed, but it's rumored to last for around one year from the date of his final fight. For several years, Askren has been talking about an eventual showdown with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but so long as he was under contract to Bellator the fight could never materialize. Well, don't expect St-Pierre vs. Askren to happen any time soon because UFC president Dana White wants no part of Rebney's games and frankly he's done talking ...
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