Askren Dominates Psycho, Retains Bellator Welterweight Title
Thackerville, Okla., witnessed the superior grappling skills of Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight champion Ben Askren at the Winstar World Casino. The champion dominated challenger, Karl Amoussou, in the main event Thursday night Spike TV title fight. Askren improved his record to 8-0 in his Bellator career and 11-0 overall in MMA.
The champion proved why he would retain the belt with a brutal beating of the Draguignan, France native. Askren fought off several strikes from Amoussou but immediately put him to his back where the challenger remained the rest of the bout.
Askren brutally applied ground and pound throughout three rounds from a full guard position. The 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestler hit Amoussou with everything but the kitchen sink, dropping elbows, hammer fists, and straight knuckles on the grounded opponent. “Funky” Askren was poised controlling the rhythm of the fight with ease. His much improved timing and accuracy on top opened five cuts requiring the “Psycho” to receive 36 stiches at the care of medical assistants.
In the second round, Amoussou managed to climb on top of Askren after he had stumbled and that is when te beaten up challenger went for a heel hook however, the lifelong wrestler in Askren rolled out of the submission attempt with ease. Patient and not panicking, Askren pulled through to the top guard position where he continued to slam down on his enemies face.
“Yeah he was trying to say I was hurt or some nonsense. Wasn't even tight!” Askren said, in response to a tweet.
After three rounds of serious punishment, Askren’s mission had been accomplished and due to referee stoppage the fight was over. The title bout came to a close in round three at 5:00 via TKO.
The Arrowhead High School graduate and Missouri 2-time National champion was cornered by striking coach Scott Cushman and Flowrestling’s Mark Bader. Askren continues to train in downtown Milwaukee at Roufusport.
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