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Ben Askren Dominates Karl Amoussou

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Last night Bellator kicked off another successful card on Spike TV, which was headlined by a welterweight championship between Ben Askren and Karl Amoussou.  Both of these fighters were looking to showcase their skills to the fans, but it was virtually all Askren from the opening frame.  Askren, one of the best wrestlers in any promotion right now, put on a wrestling/ground and pound clinic.

In the first round, Karl would look to land some huge punches, but was unsuccessful and was taken down easily by Askren.  What is amazing about Askren is that he doesn’t have to shoot in for a double leg to get a take down – all he has to do is touch his opponents from any position, and he will be able to end up on top.  This was on full display last night.

Amoussou simply had no solution for Askren’s relentless ground and pound attack from the top, getting beaten for the majority of three rounds.  Amoussou’s eye would shut up, forcing a doctor’s stoppage before the fourth round could happen.  Askren is still undefeated as a fighter, and he now sports an overall record of 11-0.  This was his third successful title defense, and he has beaten some of the best under the Bellator banner.

But, this victory leaves a question that has me thinking.  Where does Ben Askren go from here?  He has pretty much beat every single viable contender in the welterweight division, and one can only wonder how long he will keep fighting until he transitions to the UFC.  He certainly would be a sensational talent for the UFC because he would have the wrestling advantage over ever single fighter squared up against him save for maybe Georges St-Pierre.

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