HOUSTON -- Last week Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney proposed a peculiar deal to UFC officials. With the status of undefeated welterweight champion Ben Askren in flux, Rebney offered to waive Askren's matching rights, but only on the condition that Askren receives an immediate title shot upon his entry into the UFC.
On Thursday UFC President Dana White responded to Rebney's offer, all but affirming that he isn't willing to entertain the notion.
"They're playing f--king games," White said. "I don't care. I don't care what they're doing. It doesn't matter to me."
Askren (12-0) has thus far run roughshod over the Bellator welterweight division, punctuating his streak with a pair of dominating finishes in 2013.
Following Askren's latest victory over Andrey Koreshkov, a match which marked the end of his Bellator contract, the former Olympic wrestler publicly voiced a desire to test his skills against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Yet despite his free agent status, the fact stands that Bellator retains Askren's matching rights well into 2014. And with the legal fight to pry away Eddie Alvarez fresh in UFC officials' minds, White appears unwilling to jump into another firefight over a Bellator standout.
"When you're willing to let your f---ing champion go, it's weird," White said.
"I don't give a s--t what they're doing. They don't matter and I don't care."