Askren’s style might not be the most aesthetically pleasing,
but it is undeniably effective.
Askren absolutely dominated his challenger.
After spending fifteen minutes in the cage with Bellator’s
welterweight champion, Karl
Amoussou would undoubtedly agree. Askren battered Amoussou for
three lopsided rounds in the
Bellator 86 main event at the Winstar World Casino in
Thackerville, Okla., on Thursday night, forcing the cage-side
physician to call a halt to the bout before the championship frames
It was Akren’s first finish since his debut at Bellator 14 in 2010
-- his last six bouts with the promotion had gone the distance. It
was Askren’s third successful welterweight title defense with the
“I told you guys that it was just a matter of time before my hands
got some power in them,” Askren said. “I dominate positionally, and
my hands [have] power too. Welterweights anywhere in the world
better watch out, I’m coming.”
Askren set the tone immediately in round one, diving into
Amoussou’s guard after the Frenchman missed a kick and slipped to
his back. From there, the former University of Missouri Tiger went
to work, landing an elbow to open a cut over his foe’s left eye; a
wound that would come to plague Amoussou for the rest of the
Amoussou briefly gained top position in round two, but an
ill-conceived heel-hook attempt allowed “Funky” to regain control.
Akren continued to land ferocious ground-and-pound for the rest of
the bout, leaving Amoussou’s face a bloody mess after a relentless
barrage of punches and elbows from above.
The Roufusport product appeared to be near a finish in both rounds
two and three, but Amoussou managed enough intelligent defense to
survive both frames. However, Amoussou, with his left eye swollen
shut and his face a battered mess, was deemed unfit to continue
prior to the fourth stanza.
‘King Mo’ Scores First-Round KO in Bellator Debut
Lawal entered Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament with
plenty of hype behind him, and the former Strikeforce champion
didn’t take long to deliver in his debut.
King Mo abused Mysiala.
“King Mo” knocked out Przemyslaw
Mysiala (16-8, 0-1 Bellator) 3:52 into their 205-pound tilt,
ending the contest with a short right hand to his opponent’s chin.
A former All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University, Lawal
(9-1, 1-0 Bellator) elected to showcase his standup for the
duration of the abbreviated bout.
A stiff left jab served as Lawal’s weapon of choice, and it was not
long before Mysiala was bleeding profusely from his nose. Lawal
remained composed as he stalked his outmatched foe, eventually
flooring the Polish fighter with the decisive right hand. Before he
could land any follow-up punches on the mat, referee Kerry Hatley
intervened on Mysiala’s behalf.
“I didn’t have a strategy. My goal was to come out and knock him
out,” said Lawal, who moves on to face Emanuel
Newton in the 205-pound semifinals.
Low Kicks Carry Lima Past Tsarev
Lima’s insistence on fighting right up until the final bell of
the opening frame paid big dividends against Michail
Tsarev. The Atlanta-based Brazilian landed a low kick to the
outside of his opponent’s left knee just as the opening frame of
their welterweight tournament contest expired, and Tsarev needed to
be helped back to his corner between rounds.
Lima destroyed Tsarev with kicks.
That was all the opening Lima (23-5, 5-1 Bellator) needed, as he
continued to attack his foe with vicious low kicks throughout the
Tsarev (24-4, 1-2 Bellator) valiantly returned to his feet several
times, but it was clear that the Russian was unable to put any
weight on his leg. Referee Jason Herzog mercifully called a halt to
the bout 1:44 into round two, sending Lima into the bracket’s
Saunders Cruises Past Adzitso Into 170-Pound Semis
Saunders (15-5-2, 6-2 Bellator) earned a one-sided unanimous
verdict over promotional debutante Koffi
Adzitso (18-10, 0-1 Bellator) to advance to the semifinals of
Bellator’s Season 8 welterweight tournament. Judges Todd Anderson,
Dan Mathisen and Don Turnage each scored the contest 30-27 in favor
of Saunders, who is making his third venture into the
organization’s 170-pound bracket.
Saunders outhustled his opponent.
“Killa B” was able to control all aspects of the fight, as Adzitso
struggled to score takedowns against the fence and whiffed on a
number of wide, looping punches.
When Adzitso was able to wrestle his foe to the canvas, Saunders
remained active, throwing punches and hunting for submissions from
his rubber guard. The UFC veteran was also able to land kicks and
knees to the body on the feet and punctuated his victory in round
three with ground-and-pound from top position.
Weedman, Amaya Advance to Welterweight Tournament
In Season 8 welterweight tournament action,
Weedman (22-8-1, 7-3 Bellator) survived an unorthodox onslaught
-- as well as some illegal knees -- from Marius
Zaromskis (19-8, 3-2 Bellator) to advance to the round of four
with a unanimous verdict [29-27, 29-27, 29-27], while Raul Amaya
(11-2, 2-1 Bellator) punched his ticket to the 170-pound semifinals
Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes (32-9-1, 0-1 Bellator) with
strikes 3:12 into round one.
Weedman controlled Zaromskis.
Sampson (10-1, 2-1 Bellator) tapped Chris Pham
(2-1, 0-1 Bellator) with an armbar 4:55 into round three of a
catch-weight contest; Damon
Jackson (4-0, 1-0 Bellator) earned his second consecutive
victory over Zac Church
(1-2, 0-1 Bellator) at lightweight, submitting his opponent with a
rear-naked choke 2:43 into round two; Power punches carried
Coleman (9-3, 1-0 Bellator) to a unanimous decision victory
[29-28, 29-28, 29-28] over Matt Jones
(4-4, 0-1 Bellator) at 185 pounds; Hunter
Tucker (5-0, 1-0 Bellator) submitted Javier
Obregon (4-4, 0-1 Bellator) with a guillotine choke
3:17 into the second round of their featherweight clash.