Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren earned a finish for the first time in almost three years Thursday night as he defeated Karl Amoussou when the doctor ended the bout due to a cut after the third round of their main event class at Bellator 86 from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.
The unbeaten Askren (11-0) had previously won his last six fights by decision. His last stoppage was a guillotine choke of Ryan Thomas in his Bellator debut in April 2010.
Meanwhile, former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal had an impressive first appearance in the Bellator cage, knocking out Przemyslaw Mysiala in the opening frame. His win completed the field for the light-heavyweight tournament semi-finals. He will face Emanuel Newton in February.
Also, the welterweight tournament got underway with Douglas Lima, Ben Saunders, Brent Weedman and Raul Amaya advancing to the semi-final round. Weedman upset former Dream champion Marius Zaromskis.
Here are the full Bellator 86 results:
Welterweight title fight: Ben Askren defeats Karl Amoussou via technical knockout (doctor stoppage, cut) at 5:00 of round three
Light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defeats Przemyslaw Mysiala via knockout (punch) at 3:52 of round one
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Douglas Lima defeats Michail Tsarev via technical knockout (leg kicks) at 1:44 of round two
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Ben Saunders defeats Koffi Adzitso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Catchweight fight (140 pounds): Jason Sampson defeats Chris Pham via submission (armbar) at 4:55 of round three
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Brent Weedman defeats Marius Zaromskis via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Welterweight tournament quarterfinal: Raul Amaya defeats Jose Gomes via technical knockout (punches) at 3:12 of round one
Lightweight fight: Damon Jackson defeats Zach Church via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:43 of round two
Middleweight fight: Cortez Coleman defeats Matt Jones via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)