Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren returns to
the cage for the first time since earning the title at April's Bellator
Bellator Fighting Championship officials today announced that Askren
will face longtime veteran Nick Thompson in a
non-title affair at the April 9 event.
The fight is the first official contest for Bellator 40, which takes
place at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla., and airs live on