Ben Askren retains welterweight title at Bellator 86 on Spike TV

Looking back at Bellator 86 on Spike TV

1/25/13 in MMA   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Blog Photo - Ben Askren retains welterweight title at Bellator 86 on Spike TVBellator returned for its second show on Spike TV Thursday night. Unbeaten Olympic wrestler Ben Askren defended his welterweight title against Karl “Psycho” Amoussou. I was stunned by Amoussou’s pre fight verbal assault on Askren. He used profanity while saying Askren’s a lay and prayer and that he would beat him. I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard such disparaging remarks towards a champion. He basically showed zero respect.

However, when the fight started Askren almost immediately shot and successfully took Amoussou down. It was like taking candy from a baby. To the surprise of many, including “Psycho”, Askren was more active from the top than in past fights and utilized the ground-and-pound like a man possessed. He displayed very little lay-and-pray as I’ve seen from so many wrestlers in a cage; prime example being Jon Fitch aka the bathroom break.

With the exception of one heel-hook submission attempt by Amoussou in the second round, Askren dominated this fight. It was rinse and repeat with the takedown and ground-and-pound.  Amoussou was opened up badly via elbows and punches. Finally after the third round doctors stepped in and stopped the fight. Askren is now 11-0 and awaits the winner of the welterweight tournament. I’m still not sold on Askren as a legit threat to anyone outside of Bellator. And the problem is I’m not sure if he will ever be truly tested in Bellator.

While I believe King Mo Lawal is a legit light heavyweight, I don’t believe Bellator has a guy on the roster who will challenge him in that division. His opponent Przemyslaw Mysiala doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. The guy had no chance in this fight and once King Mo figured out that Mysiala presented no trouble to him whatsoever, he then went on the attack and knocked him out with a right hook.

In the Welterweight quarterfinals, Douglas Lima just destroyed Michail Tsarev with vicious lower leg kicks that dropped him multiple times. The ref finally stepped in and stopped the fight due to the fact Tsarev could barely walk. I couldn’t believe Tsaraev didn’t check any of the kicks.

Former UFC fighter Ben Saunders fought another guy I have never heard of in another quarterfinal of the welterweight tournament.  Koffi Adzitso was good enough not to be stopped. Saunders was in total control of this fight and I was unimpressed with his inability to finish.

Bellator isn’t going anywhere due to being owned by Viacom. They have more money than the UFC, but now need to spend it wisely. There are too many no-name fighters with mediocre records. They need to do a better job of scouting tomorrow’s stars and beat the UFC to signing them. Based on the UFC having a million shows a month due to the Fox deal, I don't think they will lose any of their best fighters.
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