Fresh off his 11 straight win, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (11-0) is ready to place himself among the top in the world.
“I definitely think so in some form, since I’ve trained with six of the top ten guys in the world right now,” said Askren to Sherdog. “I’m not going to say I beat them, maybe I did, but I handled myself.”
On Thursday’s Bellator 86, Askren remained undefeated in the promotion as he stands 8-0 for them. He won their Season 2 tournament and the championship fight that followed. He has been the gatekeeper of the gold since 2010, with three title defenses.
In his last fight, he pounded on Karl Amoussou’s face until the ringside doctor waived the contest as the eye was swollen shut.
“I got a long ways to go,” said Askren. “I’ve been doing this for four years and they say you need to do something for 10 years before you master it. I’m making those leaps.”
Askren, who has been criticized for his lack of striking, said he’s been training with BJ Pen, the Diaz brothers and Jake Shields lately.
Next for Askren will be Season 7 winner Andrey Koreshkov at an unknown date.