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Ben Askren Calls out Dana White, Ronda Rousey After UFC 170

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 07:  Mixed martial artist Ben Askren arrives at the sixth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas on February 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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John HeinisSenior Analyst IFebruary 23, 2014

ONE FC welterweight Ben Askren was less than impressed with UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's fourth successful title defense against Sara McMann at UFC 170 last night. 

While a number of fans, fighters and members of the media called the first-round stoppage premature, "Funky" took a stance that directly called out Rousey and UFC President Dana White

Would Dana and Ronda be saying good stoppage if roles were reversed? I highly doubt it.

— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) February 23, 2014

At the post-fight press conference, White defended the hotly contested stoppage, indicating that anyone who feels referee Herb Dean jumped in too early doesn't know what a good liver shot feels like, per Bloody Elbow

For those who missed it, Rousey and McMann, two highly touted grapplers, engaged in a stand-up battle for their brief 66-second affair.

Both former Olympic medalists landed clean punches on the feet, but Rousey got the better of the clinch battle before dropping McMann to the canvas with a knee to the body.

Rousey connected with a couple of punches on her fallen foe before Dean waived off the fight, and despite the controversy, McMann did not argue the stoppage:

Sometime u just gotta suck it up, make improvements and get a rematch!! @danawhite @ufc

— Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann) February 23, 2014

Askren has been consistently engaging in Twitter battles with White ever since the UFC decided not to offer the former Olympian a contract after he was released from his Bellator contract late last year. 

While many believed it was a foregone conclusion that the UFC would sign the undefeated (12-0) ex-Bellator titleholder, White said he's been unimpressed with Askren's level of competition and therefore wasn't interested in having him on his company's roster, per MMA Fighting

Instead, Askren signed a six-fight, two-year contract with overseas promotion ONE FC, where he is expected to compete for their welterweight title in May, per MMA Junkie.

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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