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Ben Askren Unimpressed With No. 1 Contender Andrey Koreshkov

Ben Askren has nothing to gain when he puts his Bellator welterweight title up for grabs against Andrey Koreshkov. The longtime champion sees as a lesser challenge compared to previous opponents.

“I don’t think it moves me up at all,” said Askren to MMA Fighting. “I don’t think it proves anything at all. I know where I stand against the UFC welterweights because I’ve practiced with a lot of UFC welterweights, so that’s why I know where I stand.”

It will be the fourth time Askren looks to defend his belt. He’s taken decisions from Douglas Lima and Jay Hieron before finishing Karl Amoussou last season. He hopes to compete at least three times per year, something he hasn’t done since 2010.

Koreshkov is undefeated with 10 wins. He needed a pair of decisions and knockout to win the Season 7 welterweight tournament.

The welterweight title will be decided at Bellator 97 from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM. It’s tomorrow, Wednesday July 31.