The first time I heard the name Ben Askren was exactly two years ago, this month. He was scheduled to square off against Ryan Thomas in Bellator’s Welterweight tournament at Bellator 14. I’d heard of Thomas, the former UFC veteran, whose resume’ looked great on paper and who was poised to make a run in that tourney and challenge then Champion, Lyman Good. Add to that the fact that Askren only had three pro fights to his credit and we were looking at a sure-fire mismatch.
Tag: Bellator 64
The sixth season for Bellator has been very exciting through the first four events, featuring some of the year’s best fights and most brutal knockouts. Tonight’s Bellator 64 main card on MTV2 was an off night for the promotion with all four fights going the distance.
Making their promotional debuts, Japanese fighter Hiroshi Nakamura and the Brazilian born Rodrigo Lima kicked off the opening round of the in the season 6 Bantamweight tournament in the first televised bout of Bellator 64. While it wasn’t the prettiest or the most exciting fight that Bellator has put on, the judoka Nakamura implemented his game plan to perfection grind out a unanimous decision victory.
Many fans of Bellator are buzzing about recent upsets and how they might see a few more down the line during season 6. The Bellator 64 main event between Ben Askren and Douglas Lima may not produce an upset but might be the fight many think it will.