Ben Askren (10-0) thinks if he can withstand the first few minutes of onslaught from Karl Amoussou (16-4-2), then his welterweight championship will be safe.
“I think the only thing I’ve got to fear is if he comes out with the bum-rush in the first two minutes,” said Askren. “That’s his strategy, if you want to call it that – and it’s a terrible strategy. But he comes out hard in the first couple minutes and after that he really fades. So I’ll just come out to fight and I should be fine.
When the two meet in the main event, Askren will look for his third title defense. Out of the six times Askren has competed for Bellator, all but once has the decision gone to the judges’ scorecard. His only stoppage was in his debut for Bellator, almost two years ago. Amoussou is 4-1 for Bellator, losing in his debut. He has finished three of those fights in the first round.
They meet this Thursday, January 24, at Bellator 86. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV and the event comes from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK.