Prior to his Bellator 64 title fight, welterweight champion Ben Askren talked about flashing improvements to his striking, but when it came time to fight, he showed that he's going to continue to focus on his wrestling strength until someone stops him. To date, no one has. Add Douglas Lima to that list, as his latest challenger went down in yet another unanimous decision win for Askren.
The four-time collegiate wrestling All-American wasn't able to take Lima down at will, but his relentless style virtually ensured that Lima was going down eventually. Even if it didn't work, he took space away from Lima, not allowing him to fire off offense.
Askren did spend the majority of the fight on top, throwing short strikes and elbows while Lima tried to find a way out, but that was mostly like drowning in quicksand; a lot of effort with no hope.
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Ben Askren def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision
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