Bjorn Rebney says he has released Bellator champ Ben Askren, is he UFC bound?

Bjorn Rebney says Asren is free and clear - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

According to Bellator's Bjorn Rebney, he has released Ben Askren, making him free to sign wherever he pleases.

It looks like Bellator will be able to avoid the whole mess they had with Eddie Alvarez before as they currently deal with Ben Askren's contact situation and impending free agency. Bjorn Rebney has said that they have decided to release their current welterweight champion, making him free to sign where he pleases. He took to twitter to announce the news:

The talented wrestler in Askren last defended his Bellator title in July, but has recently kept active when he dusted off his wrestling shoes and competed on Agon I, winning a wrestling super-fight against two-time NCAA wrestling champ Quentin Wright.

As for where he will sign, Askren has been constantly calling out Georges St. Pierre on twitter, and he has again made it clear where he wants to compete:

The fight always seemed like a farfetched idea with both champs being locked in restrictive contracts, but with this announcement from Rebney, this could be a step closer towards that possibility.

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