Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren will see a new fighter wear his title after tonight’s Bellator 117 card from Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In the main event on Spike TV, Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn will meet. Askren relinquished the title after his contract expired and he did not resign with the promotion.
“Really tough call,” said Askren, when asked on Twitter who would win. “I say Lima by a very close decision. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Hawn won.”
Askren (12-0) previously bested Lima (25-5) in 2012, but has not shared the cage with Hawn (18-2). Lima and Hawn have won the past two welterweight tournaments.
FightLine will be on scene tonight for the entire card from the Mid-American Center.
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 17, 2014