Welterweight Ben Askren will attempt to run his unbeaten record to double-digits in early April when he defends his Bellator title against streaking contender Douglas Lima at Bellator 64, an event scheduled to take place on April 6 in Windsor, Ontario. Both men have won nine straight scraps.
The bout was confirmed through an official Bellator press release where it was also revealed the semifinal round of the company’s upcoming featherweight tournament will also take place on the card in addition to a fight featuring Chris Horodecki.
“I made no secret I wasn’t happy with my performance in that fight, and now having spent over six months training at Roufusport, I’m really confident in my striking,” said Askren while referring to his controversial Split Decision win over Jay Hieron in October. “Douglas is a great fighter, but I don’t think he’ll be able to handle what I bring to the table.”
In addition to Hieron, Askren’s 9-0 record also features wins over Dan Hornbuckle, Nick Thompson, and Lyman Good. The 27-year old has made a name for himself in part due to personality but also as a result of his Olympic-level wrestling prowess.
Comparably, Lima is three years younger than Askren but has nearly 3X as many fights with a 21-4 mark in MMA. “The Phenom” has finished eighteen of the opponents he’s beaten and earned his crack at Askren’s championship by stopping Ben Saunders with strikes at Bellator 57.
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