Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren is an unbeaten Olympian who has a ton of personality to go along with his talent. However, despite his positives, Askren isn’t popular with a lot of people because of his preference to rely on wrestling in the ring rather than risk his reputation with an overly aggressive attack. Because the 28-year old’s takedowns and top control are so good, Askren is often able to put his opponents on the mat and keep them there, providing an effective but not necessarily aesthetically pleasing route to victory.
While the approach has delivered a ton of success, Askren has also earned his fair share of decisions as well, breaking a six-fight run of bouts going the distance this past week when he forced a doctor to stop his scrap with Karl Amoussou as the result of damage he delivered to the Frenchman’s face. It’s the type of result Askren will be gunning for in the future, though not because the faceless masses have called for it.
“I want to start knocking people out or finishing fights because, frankly, it’s a lot easier to fight three rounds or one round than it is to fight five rounds,” admitted Askren in a recent interview with Inside MMA. “It’s a real pain in the ass to fight that long. Fighting another man for 25 minutes – it’s hard work.”
“I don’t really care about people who say I lay and pray. I want to finish because I want to make it easier for me,” he concluded.
Askren also added that he expects to defend his belt again in April at the Season 8 finale or in June when the company starts up its annual Summer Series of shows. Barring an unforeseen turn of events, the 11-0 Askren will face Andrey Koreshkov (13-0) who won the Season 7 welterweight tournament.
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