A welterweight title fight between Ben Askren
Amoussou will top Bellator’s sophomore effort on Spike TV.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made the announcement Tuesday during a
media conference call. In addition to the 170-pound championship
Bellator 86 will also feature appearances from tournament vets
Lima and Ben
Saunders, as well as the Bellator debut of former Strikeforce
‘King Mo’ Lawal.
The Jan. 24 event takes place at Winstar World Casino in
Thackerville, Okla., located roughly 80 miles north of Dallas. The
evening’s Thursday-night main draw broadcast airs live at 10 p.m.
ET on Spike TV following a two-hour Impact Wrestling telecast.
Bellator’s eighth season features tournaments in five weight
divisions and kicks off the previous week with Bellator 85 at the
UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif.
Unbeaten through his first 10 fights, Askren, 28, won Bellator’s
welterweight title just over two years ago, outpointing
then-champion Lyman Good at
Bellator 33 after winning the promotion’s Season 2 tournament.
“Funky” has since defended his title twice, edging Season 4 winner
Hieron last year before snatching a clear-cut unanimous verdict
from Season 5 champ Douglas
Lima this past April at Bellator 64.
Amoussou, meanwhile, captured the Season 6 tournament crown in
July, when he pulled off a spectacular inverted heel hook against
fellow finalist Bryan Baker
at Bellator 72. “Psycho” has won his last four fights, topping
Lozano and David
Rickels to advance in the Season 6 draw. The M-1 challenge alum
owns nine of his 16 career victories via submission and has been
stopped just once in his six years as a pro.