COMMENTARY | Bellator 86 wasn't as exciting as the promotion's previous fight card, but "King Mo" made up for it a bit. Here are the results of the Bellator 86 fight card held on Jan. 24, at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla:
Ben Askren def. Karl Amoussou
Askren put Amoussou on his back less than a minute into their welterweight title encounter, and he never let the Frenchman get back to his feet. Ben stayed busy on top, softening Amoussou up with punches and elbows.
Amoussou tried to fight back in the second round, coming close to securing an inverted heel-hook, but Askren was able to escape and regain top position. Ben went back to punishing Amoussou with punches and elbows, and he kept "Psycho" on his back for the remainder of the round. He did the same in the third round, turning Amoussou into a bloody mess. The cage-side doctor stopped the fight after the third round, saving Karl from further punishment.
This was arguably the most dominant performance of Askren's career, as he kept Karl on his back for over 13 minutes during their Bellator 86 bout.
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal def. Przemyslaw Mysiala (light-heavyweight tournament quarterfinals)King Mo -- who hadn't stepped inside the cage in over a year -- made quick work out of Mysiala at Bellator 86, knocking the Pole out cold with a right hook after a brief feeling out period. With the win, Lawal advances to the semifinals of the Bellator season eight light-heavyweight tournament.
Douglas Lima def. Michail Tsarev (welterweight tournament quarterfinals)Lima looked good during his Bellator 86 encounter against Tsarev, successfully defending against the Russian's takedowns, while landing some vicious low kicks. By the second round, Tsarev could barely stand on his left leg, and Lima kept chopping away, flooring "The Lonely Wolf" a couple of times with low kicks, until referee Jason Herzog finally stepped in and stopped the fight.
Ben Saunders def. Koffi Adzitso (welterweight tournament quarterfinals)
Adzitso spent a decent amount of the opening round of their Bellator 86 encounter on top, but it was Saunders who controlled the action, constantly threatening with submissions from rubber guard. After an awful decision by referee Kerry Hatley to stand the fighters up late in the round, Saunders took Koffi to the ground, keeping him there until another questionable standup.
Saunders caught Kofi early in the second round with a nice knee, and he put "Lion King" on his back shortly after. He dominated the rest of the round with his grappling, and he did more of the same in the third round. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Saunders.
Hunter Tucker def. Javier Obregon (guillotine choke, round two)
Jason Sampson def. Chris Pham (armbar, round three)
Brent Weedman def. Marius Zaromskis (unanimous decision) - welterweight quarterfinals
Raul Amaya def. Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes (TKO, round one) - welterweight quarterfinals
Damon Jackson def. Zac Church (rear-naked choke, round two)
Cortez Coleman def. Matt Jones (unanimous decision)
Mike Maldonado vs. Joe Salas (cancelled due to time constraints)
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