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Bellator 86 Recap: Askren Finishes (!) Amoussou, King Mo Squashes Other Dude, Fancy Flips Can’t Save Zaromskis

(Sorry Ben, I don’t think we can count those as “significant strikes.” GIF via ZombieProphet/BloodyElbow)

For the first time since his controversial technical submission of Ryan Thomas during his Bellator debut three years ago, Ben Askren has finished an opponent. Sure, it was one of those sort-of-assisted finishes where the doctor steps in between rounds to wave the fight off, but let’s not take anything anything away from Funky Ben, here: The undefeated Bellator welterweight champion smashed the living dog-poop out of Karl Amoussou for three full rounds last night, and might have permanently injured him had the fight gone on any longer.

It was a prototypical performance from Askren, who spent most of the fight on top of Amoussou, throwing down punches and elbows. Still, there seemed to be a greater sense of urgency from the champ in this fight, a little more intention with his strikes. He slashed open a cut above Amoussou’s eye with an elbow in the first round, and by the end of round three, Amoussou’s left eye was swollen shut and his face was a wet canvas of blood. The fight was mercifully stopped before the fourth round could begin, giving Askren a well-deserved TKO victory.

“I told you guys that it was just a matter of time before my hands got some power in them,” Askren said after the fight. “I dominate positionally, and my hands [have] power too. Welterweights anywhere in the world better watch out, I’m coming.” Askren’s next challenge will likely be the winner of this season’s welterweight tournament, which produced four semifinalists last night…

Douglas Lima used a series of savage leg kicks to chop down Michail “The Lonely Wolf” Tsarev, forcing a stoppage in the second round. Though Lima looks like a favorite to win the welterweight bracket — again — he’s already suffered a loss to Ben Askren, during their title fight last year. Also on the main card, Ben Saunders out-grappled, out-struck, and out-classed Bellator newcomer Koffi Adzitso, winning all three rounds on the judges scorecards.

Two other welterweight tournament bouts were relegated to the prelims: Raul Amaya scored a first-round TKO against Jose Gomes, while Marius Zaromskis continues to under-perform in the U.S., losing a unanimous decision to Brett Weedman. Zaromskis was docked a point in round three for a pair of blatantly illegal knees (not cool, bro). On the bright side, he added a couple more completely absurd somersault moves to his highlight reel:

Finally, the Mo’-ment we’d all been waiting for — DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE? DO YOU SEE IT??Muhammad Lawal‘s light-heavyweight quarterfinal bout against Przemyslaw “Don’t Bother Learning How to Pronounce This Name” Mysiala was even more lopsided than we thought it would be. Lawal’s training at the Mayweather gym was fully evident, as he lit up Mysiala with jabs thrown from Money May’s loved/loathed “Philly shell” stance. I can’t recall if Mysiala landed a single punch. It honestly looked like Mo was having a sparring session with an inanimate object.

After bloodying up the hapless Pole’s face with his precision striking, Lawal ended the match with a short counter-right that turned Mysiala’s brain off. After the fight, Lawal explained that his gameplan was to knock Mysiala out, and his strategy in the tournament is to knock everybody out. Alright…no need to complicate things, I guess. He’ll now face Emanuel Newton in the light-heavyweight tournament semi-finals.

Complete Bellator 86 Results

- Ben Askren def. Karl Amoussou via TKO (doctor stoppage), 5:00 of round 3
- Muhammed Lawal def. Przemyslaw Mysiala via KO, 3:52 of round 1
- Douglas Lima def. Michail Tsarev via TKO (leg kicks), 1:44 of round 2
- Ben Saunders def. Koffi Adzitso via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

- Hunter Tucker def. Javier Obregon via submission (guillotine choke), 3:17 of round 2
- Jason Sampson def. Chris Pham via submission (armbar), 4:55 of round 3
- Brent Weedman def. Marius Zaromskis via unanimous decision (29-27 x 3)
- Raul Amaya def. Jose Gomes via TKO, 3:12 of round 1
- Damon Jackson def. Zach Church via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:43 of round 2
- Cortez Coleman def. Matt Jones via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

A bout between Mike Maldonado and Jospeh Salas was cancelled due to time constraints

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painvelasquez- January 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm
I was mildly entertained.. I really liked ben askren wrestle fuccing that other guy.. what's his name again? Oh and those lyman good kickz were straight up FOUL, in a good way.. lol
Thumblaster- January 26, 2013 at 6:31 am
I hate rocky dennis , I mean ben askren
angry little feet- January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Fuck You Bellator for staring @ 10pm on a weeknight! I used to look forward all week to watching you live on Friday night. Now you're just more fights on my DVR that I'll get to eventually like all the AXS tv stuff.

I am just grateful that Jabba is gone. Severed chick bothers me not at all.
danomite- January 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm
@ksgbobo - I enjoyed the fight too. I thought Mo looked good overall, but given the guy he was fighting, I would have been shocked had he not looked good. That guy isn't in Mo's league. I Wasn't trying to sound too negative, but that defense doesn't look like the easiest to master and like I said, it was created for boxing, so it hasn't really been tested against an opponent who can kick you in the head.
ksgbobo- January 25, 2013 at 11:53 am
I like the King Mo fight. Danomite, you don't think that stance would work against better skilled fighters? Its been working for that punk Mayweather for awhile, and I hate Mayweather.

Though, Jabba the Hut is gone, now we get to stare at some chick who is cut in half...really?!
dipsetkilla316- January 25, 2013 at 11:45 am
I meant not into it
dipsetkilla316- January 25, 2013 at 11:44 am
But the vib across-the-board sounds like people are really into it.
dipsetkilla316- January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am
First time I watched funky askren fight not bad I heard, and seen his Record, and yea it looked like he's a boring fighter bud damn he fucked that guy up soooooo bad I thought the Referee should have stopped it wen he got mount and dropped bombs. Not bad I starting to like bellator, king mo good had a good ko. Bellator Has pleased me
Mr_Misanthropy- January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am
Bellator Headlines:

Amoussou gets Askren'd, requires copious quantities of consolation aspirin.

King Mo comfortable crushing cans in can filled can field.

Ineffective undercard Zaromskis resorts to somersaults, illegal head knees in desperate bid to appear relevant.

Bellator referees require average forty seven unanswered strikes to become thoroughly convinced convulsing competitors not playing possum.
danomite- January 25, 2013 at 10:53 am
@RWR - yeah, that's basically what happened. It wasn't entirely Askren's fault. Amoussou did a good job of tying up his hands and blocking punches, especially in the beginning. But Askren doesn't put any power behind his punches. He doesn't get any separation and just sits on his knees throwing arm punches. And it's not just his lack of power, he's extremely inaccurate even from top position. Even when Amoussou wasn't blocking or dodging Askren's punches a lot of them would miss badly, almost like he was trying to miss. I felt like I was watching WWF at times. If you only watch one Ben Askren fight (and for most of us, this is most likely the case) watch this one, if only to hear the disappointment in the announcer's voice when he thought there would be a round 4.
danomite- January 25, 2013 at 10:19 am
Also, King Mo better start doing a better job protecting that left side of his head or he's getting knocked out against the first decent fighter he faces. He may be able to get away with that against a guy who has more KO losses than KO wins, but not against someone who knows what they're doing. The Crab defense was designed for boxing, not for 4-ounce gloves and not against guys who are allowed to slam their shins into your skull.
RwilsonR- January 25, 2013 at 10:17 am
I didn't watch the event, so just so I'm clear - the ref stopped the fight in between rounds, but Askren didn't actually finish, right?
danomite- January 25, 2013 at 10:01 am
Were we watching the same fights? Askren's fight looked like rounds 2-5 of the Jake Shields/dan Henderson fight. He got lucky when he opened up a cut over the guy's eye and then tapped on it until it swole up. When your champion gets a TKO and the play-by-play announcer immediately says "he may not have the physique or the KO power..." then that tells you all you need to know about the fight. The announcers were practically begging that doctor to stop it just so they could get a stoppage on Askren's record.
Fried Taco- January 25, 2013 at 9:43 am
@BG - I think the problem started when you told that company we like to see lots of lady flesh...
bgoldstein- January 25, 2013 at 8:07 am
@Fried Taco: I said by next week, dammit! I already alerted the company that provides that toolbar. If I don't hear back by Monday, the entire thing is coming down. Thanks for your patience.
Fried Taco- January 25, 2013 at 7:27 am
More important news, the other Ben lied. Ben G promised that the WFW was on her way out. But she is still here!
Pen Fifteen- January 25, 2013 at 6:44 am
Good job Ben Askren, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. It's pretty hard to finish a dude if you just want to sit in his guard all night without trying to advance position. They teach that in jiu-jitsu 101.