Ben Askren's style isn't winning him any fans.
Ben Askren Cures Insomnia
Speaking of uber-talented amateur wrestlers with unbeaten records and all the potential in the world–Ben Askren is a former U.S. Olympian, and the reigning Bellator welterweight champion.
He’s young, good-looking, has a unique (some might say “funky”) look and demeanour and, oh yeah–he’s a U.S. freakin’ Olympian. Sorry, had to channel my inner Kurt Angle.
The only problem: it turns out he’s about as fun to watch fight as paint is to watch dry.
His fight with Douglas Lima at Bellator 64 was a particular low-light of the season, with not much drama or action but a whole lot of positional grappling and stalling.
Now me personally? I don’t mind Askren, and I chalk up his style to his still being a relative newb in MMA. But as far as most folks are concerned, Askren is officially the least interesting champion in Bellator, which is a crying shame for someone of his potential.
Chris Horodecki Falls Apart
Now maybe I’m just a Canadian fanboy (I totally am), but I had high hopes for Chris Horodecki when he made the jump to Bellator. Here’s a fighter with plenty of experience, well-rounded skills (mostly), and still a young guy at just 23-years-old (at the time).
I saw no reason why the future shouldn’t be bright for the “Polish Hammer.”
Well I guess we’re getting the “Polish Hammer” circa 1939, because since his Bellator debut Horodecki has been anything but impressive.
With a 1-1-1 record in the promotion overall, Horodecki isn’t exactly tearing up the charts.
This season was perhaps his lowest moment yet–against Mike Richman, a fighter who lost his entry bout on the GSP vs. Kos season of the Ultimate Fighter. Horodecki was brutally put to sleep in under 90 seconds.
Whether it’s the untimely death of mentor Shawn Thompkins or something else, here’s to hoping Chris can right his ship and start getting back into the win column.
Akihiro Gono Gets Embarrassed
I know, I know, I seem like a big hypocrite for showering the Aoki/Alvarez fight in praise, only to crap on Chandler/Gono a few paragraphs later.
The big difference to me is that while Alvarez and Aoki were both in similar points in their careers–former champions on the comeback trail–and had previous history with one another, Mike Chandler and Akihiro Gono…well…didn’t.
Let’s face facts: saying Gono is past his moment is like saying the sky is blue and the grass is green at this point. Coming into this fight, he was 3-5 in his last 8, which isn’t exactly a sterling record to put up against your champion of the world.
This fight played out like everyone knew it would: with Chandler separating Gono from consciousness in the time it takes you to read this paragraph.
This was a make-busy fight and a waste of everybody’s time–Chandler’s, Gono’s, and especially the fans.