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Bellator releases welterweight champion Ben Askren

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Spike TV's "Guys Choice 2013" - ArrivalsLongtime welterweight champion Ben Askren is a Bellator MMA fighter no more.

After a relationship with the fighter turned contentious, including a peculiar scenario in which company officials said they would consider waiving their matching rights if he were granted an immediate UFC title shot, Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced he’s released the fighter.

“I’ve said it many times, Ben’s a completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension,” Rebney stated. “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.”

Askren (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA), a two-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler, most recently fought in July, when he stopped Andrey Koreshkov with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 97. Before that, he stopped Karl Amoussou after three rounds. The two stoppages broke a streak of six straight decision wins – decisions that led to plenty of criticism from fans, from UFC President Dana White and even in some ways from Rebney.

As Askren and his boss bickered in the media after the fighter fulfilled the last bout on his contract, Rebney raised some eyebrows with a blunt assessment of the former Olympian and undefeated fighter.

“I’ve been a staunch supporter of Ben Askren,” Rebney recently said. “We can all agree: He’s ridiculously one-dimensional. But the issue with that one dimension is that he’s better at it than anyone on the face of the earth. … I don’t know if Ben will be with us. I don’t know if Ben will be with the UFC. But wherever he goes, he will remain dominant and he will remain amazingly effective at the one thing he does better than anybody.”

Rebney later said he’d waive Bellator’s matching rights if the UFC offered Askren an immediate title shot. It did little to sway the UFC, though.

“They’re playing f—ing games,” White later told MMAjunkie.com. ” … I don’t give a s–t what they’re doing.”

However, at least one UFC rep was intrigued by the idea of Askren joining the ranks: reigning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who said he welcomed a champion-vs.-champion fight. St-Pierre is ranked No. 1 and Askren is No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings.

“Of course (I’d like to fight him),” St-Pierre recently told MMAjunkie.com. “He’s a good fighter, undefeated, and yes, if he comes, I’ll fight him. No problem.”

St-Pierre, of course, fights top contender Johny Hendricks on Saturday at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.

With the Bellator welterweight title now vacant, officials said a new champion will be crowned when Douglas Lima faces the Season 9 welterweight tournament winner in early 2014.

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BwhahahahH what?!?! Yeah bellator cares about having the best fighters they are a completely legit organization. I'm so done hearing that after this. They have two guys.

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This, so so much of this. Bellator may put on some decent cards with some decent fighters but they are no more legitimate than Elite XC was.
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They have 2 fighters that can do what exactly? Be considered top 5 in the World? Because they have plenty of guys on roster better then a number of guys on Zuffa roster.
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Bellator has a handful of guys who are great fighters, and few guys who could have great careers. Them releasing Askren is stupid, but I'm hoping UFC signs him if not WSOF needs to snatch him up and get Palhares
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They have 2 fighters that can do what exactly? Be considered top 5 in the World? Because they have plenty of guys on roster better then a number of guys on Zuffa roster.
They have two guys who would stay on the main card consistently. The rest of the guys would maybe be lucky to carve out a gatekeeper spot. There future hw champ just got passed over by the ufc after a career of gatekeeping. Par Curran just got shut out by a mid level wrestler with hardly any striking. And they just released one of their champs. Who are all these guys better than main card fighters that I don't know about?

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We have had some nice main cards lately but you need to take a much harder look at the main cards for this year and all you need to to is go about 2 cards back to see what I'm talking about. I'm just talking main card PPV because Bellator has fighters on every card that could be on the FX main cards.
There are guys in Bellator that Dana would love to have on roster right now, especially in the smaller weights.

Daneil Straus would beat just about everyone in his weight class in the UFC. You are drastically underselling his ability. The guy is a legit top 10 fighter. So is Curan.
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We have had some nice main cards lately but you need to take a much harder look at the main cards for this year and all you need to to is go about 2 cards back to see what I'm talking about. I'm just talking main card PPV because Bellator has fighters on every card that could be on the FX main cards.
There are guys in Bellator that Dana would love to have on roster right now, especially in the smaller weights.

Daneil Straus would beat just about everyone in his weight class in the UFC. You are drastically underselling his ability. The guy is a legit top 10 fighter. So is Curan.
Who?

Daniel Straus, Dana would definitely not be interested in he has beaten exactly one guy of note and it was in the least memorable way possible.

If all these guys are such beasts why is it none of them get offers? You can't really think they turn down the ufc for bellator.

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Who?

Daniel Straus, Dana would definitely not be interested in he has beaten exactly one guy of note and it was in the least memorable way possible.

If all these guys are such beasts why is it none of them get offers? You can't really think they turn down the ufc for bellator.

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There are prospects that Bellator got there hands on either before UFC could or that flew under the radar. Straus might not have the style of fighting the UFC is looking for but he would Jon Fitch his way through the majority of the division. Dana would love to have the young talented Pitbull brothers and their style of fighting. Dana was very excited about the possibility of getting Alvarez and you know he would love to have a young talented guy like Chandler who has gone to war now twice with Eddie. I know the UFC would love to have a guy like Dantas(only 24 years old). They have a lot of talented, exciting and young fighters on roster and like I mentioned especially in the smaller weight classes. Louis Nogeria would be another guy to help add depth in the UFC. I'm sure Dana wouldn't mind having Storm in the UFC with his style of fighting. I bet he would be game vs a guy like Bisping. Rick Hawn is well above average and would do well at LW or WW in the UFC. Most these guys mentioned are better then 80% of the guys in the UFC in the same weight class.
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There are prospects that Bellator got there hands on either before UFC could or that flew under the radar. Straus might not have the style of fighting the UFC is looking for but he would Jon Fitch his way through the majority of the division. Dana would love to have the young talented Pitbull brothers and their style of fighting. Dana was very excited about the possibility of getting Alvarez and you know he would love to have a young talented guy like Chandler who has gone to war now twice with Eddie. I know the UFC would love to have a guy like Dantas(only 24 years old). They have a lot of talented, exciting and young fighters on roster and like I mentioned especially in the smaller weight classes. Louis Nogeria would be another guy to help add depth in the UFC. I'm sure Dana wouldn't mind having Storm in the UFC with his style of fighting. I bet he would be game vs a guy like Bisping. Rick Hawn is well above average and would do well at LW or WW in the UFC. Most these guys mentioned are better then 80% of the guys in the UFC in the same weight class.
Neither PitBull would be top 10 hell they would be lucky to bounce around the top 15 same with the guys you talk about. Don't get me wrong I think the PitBulls would be great additions to the UFC for prelim or FX cards but only because they are aggressive and entertaining not because I think either would be champ. I had a lot of faith in there potential them but its dwindling maybe they prove me wrong. And Storm would get spanked by Bisping the guy hasn't beat a single top 30 fighter in his career I couldn't even tell you who his biggest win is. Rick Hawn maybe breaks the top 15 at LW but again like a lot of the top guys in Bellator I would like to see him in the UFC for entertainment value. Winning a Bellator WW tournament means what considering Ben Saunders has made the finals twice and Jay Hieron won the tournament once before returning to the UFC and not winning a single fight.
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