Ben Askren (11-0) has heard the complaints that he lays on fighters too much. If it was up to him, the Bellator welterweight champion would look for the finish more frequently.
“I want to start knocking people out or finishing fights because it’s a lot easier to fight one round than five rounds,” said Askren on Inside MMA. “It’s a real pain in the a– to fight that long. I don’t really care about the people who say lay and pray. I want to finish because I want to make it easier for myself.”
After Askren joined Bellator, he won their Season 2 tournament and championship fight that followed. He went on to win his next three fights, two of which were for his title.
In the tournaments opening round, he won with a quick round one submission. His next six fights went to a decision. At Bellator 86 last Thursday, Askren finished his first opponent in two years with a doctor stoppage over Karl Amoussou, after the third round concluded due to a swollen eye.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told Askren that he may return inside the cage in April or June. If not, it will likely happen early during the promotion’s next season thought Askren.