Ben Askren and Douglas Lima will meet for the Bellator welterweight title in the main event of Bellator 64, promotion officials confirmed on Wednesday. Bellator 64 takes place April 6 from Windsor, Ontario, Canada’s The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor.
“The support we have received in Canada has been nothing short of spectacular, so when we had the chance to bring Bellator to Windsor, it was an easy decision,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima will showcase two of the best and brightest starts in the world at 170 lbs. The fans watching inside Caesars and the viewers catching the fights on MTV 2 and theScore are in for a great night.”
Askren, a former University of Missouri wrestling standout, is a perfect 6-0 in his Bellator career. He won the season two tournament and claimed the title with a victory over Lyman Good.
“After my fight with Jay, I went back to work the following Monday to continue my training,” Askren said. “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. Douglas is a great fighter, but I don’t think he’ll be able to handle what I bring to the table.”
Lima is riding a nine-fight win streak, which included a victory in the season five Bellator welterweight tournament that earned him a shot at Askren.
“There is no question Ben is a great fighter, and I’ve been focusing a lot of time on my wrestling,” Lima said. “This is the biggest fight of my career, and I’m preparing for it. It’s all I think about. Every day from the time I wake up, until the time my head hits the pillow, I’m thinking about April 6th and winning the title.”
It was also announced that the season six featherweight semifinals would take place on the card.