Askren vs. UFC-vet Nick Thompson scheduled for Bellator

by Matt Erickson | source:

Askren, who won the promotion's Season 2 welterweight tournament to earn a date with champ Lyman Good, whom he beat to win the title in October, will face UFC veteran Nick Thompson at Bellator 40 in April. Bellator made the fight official on Wednesday – though it will be a non-title fight.

Askren (7-0), a 2008 Olympic wrestler and two-time NCAA Division I national champion at the University of Missouri, won his first four MMA bouts with first-round stoppages. But his wins over Ryan Thomas at Bellator 19, Hornbuckle and Good have all been decisions – using his superior wrestling to dominate on the ground.

"Ben's been completely dominant in every fight he's had under the Bellator banner, and Nick has run the MMA gauntlet in his career, fighting everywhere and everyone," said Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in a release from the promotion. "He will be a fantastic test for Ben."

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sbuild site profile image  

2/23/11 1:11 PM by sbuild


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2/18/11 8:07 AM by Frank Valente

Nick has good hands and subs. Definitely have Askren has the favorite, but Nick's experience might come into play.

Mr Sponge site profile image  

2/18/11 2:41 AM by Mr Sponge

I hope askren gets knocked out

LilRoyNelson site profile image  

2/18/11 2:37 AM by LilRoyNelson

im going to guess that this will be a takedown clinic from a superior wrestler.......I really wouldnt mind see either of these fighters win as long as they put on a good performance

sbuild site profile image  

2/17/11 3:21 PM by sbuild

I see the Goat taking this one in Cotton Eyed Joe fashion!!Go get it Nick!!

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2/17/11 11:52 AM by kidpresentable

 "old nick" has one more fight left in him. 

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2/16/11 11:54 PM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ


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2/16/11 11:21 PM by SimbaSpice

I pray you are correct Slapsy.

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2/16/11 10:54 PM by Slapsymaxi

That's what you'd think, but...Askren clearly hasn't developed his GNP yet, but he doesn't just sit in people's guards. He jumps around, and tries to pass. He puts himself get into some tricky spots, and he hasn't been caught, yet.I think he'll be able to drag anyone in the division to the ground, but I think some really top level grapplers are going to be able to exploit the risks he takes on the ground.Max

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2/16/11 10:18 PM by JoshSanchez

non-title fight... yawn