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Ben Askren asks UFC for his free title shot after Joe Soto steps in for Renan Barao

Ben Askren is taking shots at the UFC just hours after winning ONE FC gold, this time asking for his free title shot since Joe Soto is filling in for Renan Barao at UFC 177.

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Just a few hours ago Ben Askren was doing horrible, horrible things to Nobutatsu Suzuki, stopping him in the first round to claim ONE FC welterweight gold. He has now returned to his hobby of taking shots at the UFC.

Following the news that Renan Barao had issues with his weight cut, apparently passing out during the process, and was out of his UFC 177 title rematch with T.J. Dillashaw and unheralded Joe Soto was stepping in for a shot at the belt, Askren took to Twitter.

"@danawhite @lorenzofertitta well if you guys are just giving out free title shots to anyone I'll take one,"Askren tweeted.

Askren was ranked in the top ten in the world when he was let go by Bellator and a UFC signing seemed only logical. Instead, the promotion passed on him, with Dana White stating, "He's got some work to do, he can fight in another organization and work his way up and go from there."