Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren picked up his ninth win in the organization last night, pummeling tournament-winner Andrey Koreshkov for the better part of four rounds before securing a strike-based stoppage. It could also be his last victory under the Bellator banner.
According to CEO Bjorn Rebney, Askren’s bout at Bellator 97 was his final contracted clash. As such, “Funky” is now officially a restricted free agent. Bellator has an exclusive negotiating period to work on putting a new deal together and, though not confirmed, could very well have the right to match any offer sent Askren’s way.
Askren, a former Olympian, is 12-0 since transitioning to MMA with six stoppages and past success against the likes of Lyman Good, Jay Hieron, Karl Amoussou, and Douglas Lima.
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