It’s official, Ben Askren has left Bellator to become an unrestricted free agent. The undefeated fighter now leaves the promotion’s welterweight title vacant.
“I’ve said it many times, Ben’s a completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. “I had a number of discussions with Ben and it became clear it was time for both parties to move in different directions. We’ve relinquished any right to match here and Ben can sign with whoever he chooses to sign with. Ben’s been at Bellator since the start of his career, I respect him and what he’s accomplished and wish him the best wherever he goes.”
The new Bellator Welterweight Champion will be decided when Douglas Lima faces the winner of the Season 9 tournament.
The UFC has not yet commented on this development.