Askren knows there are plenty of people in this country working for minimum wage, so he thinks Alvarez should be happy with the relatively large chunk of change he's been paid for MMA fighting.
"I would love to get the shot to fight for the UFC title, and if I go back to Bellator and have to fight for a lot of money, then that's not really something to be salty about either," Askren said. "That was kind of one thing I was shocked about Eddie. He wanted to go to court and fight about it. It's like, 'Dude, you're going to get almost $400,000 for your first fight. There's some people that work every day for $8 an hour. You're bitching about $400,000 for a fight? Dude, you're really not that hard up, Go work for $8 an hour at Lowe's or taking out the trash and then complain about your life.'
"If I get paid a lot to fight, I'll fight. If I don't, I'll probably retire and be perfectly happy with my MMA career. I have two wrestling academies. We have a wrestling camp system, and I'm really passionate about those things. I love doing those things. So honestly, there's a lot of different ways this can end, and I think every single one of them has a positive ending for me."
Askren wants fight fans to know he's content with his MMA career, even if it ends tomorrow.
"If my career ended tomorrow because of an ACL injury or something, whatever, I'm fine," Askren said. "From when I was a kid, I've accomplished more than any kid could dream of across wrestling and MMA. Between the two, I've dually accomplished more than almost anyone, ever, has done in both sports. So I'm perfectly happy with the way my career was gone."
Askren says his current contract negotiations are like "playing poker," and he's close to calling Bellator's bluff that they aren't interested in retaining his services.
"Bjorn told me that exact same phrase on the phone before he said it publicly, which, whatever," Askren said. "He has his opinion. I think it was a play to get the UFC to offer less money so he can match easier. Obviously, it's like playing poker. Sometimes you've got to say something you don't really mean here and there.
"I don't know. I'm trying to read Bjorn. He said he's going to let me go, but he didn't waive the matching period, obviously. It's like saying you'll let your dog go, but you still have a leash on him. So, we'll see. It's going to get interesting."