A story recently surfaced stating that Askren had turned down an opportunity to fight in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, which is something the fighter denied via Twitter:
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker, who was part of the story Askren responded to, would issue the following statement on twitter, which set off the spat between the two:
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. https://t.co/lwi08ZCfxA— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) November 10, 2018
Scott so what about my tweet was false?? https://t.co/TW9wvUeEuK— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 10, 2018
We would have given you @rory_macdonald to start the grand prix & you didn't want to do it.— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) November 10, 2018
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. https://t.co/9dCvZhdtBZ
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. https://t.co/Mb81gjArwA— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 10, 2018
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