Bellator 86 Results: What's Next for Main Card Winners and Losers?
Bellator 86 went down Thursday night from the fabulous WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.
In the main event, welterweight champion Ben Askren pulled off possibly his best pro win to date, capturing a doctor's stoppage win over Karl Amoussou. The current welterweight and light heavyweight tournaments pared down their fields a little bit as well.
Here's a look at potential next moves for every main card winner and loser.
Loser: Koffi Adzitso
I want to be diplomatic, but I also want to be honest. Koffi Adzitso didn't show a lot of major league chops in there against Ben Saunders. He spent a lot of time looking confused inside Saunders' rubber guard. Next step? Well, I'll put it this way: at least he got a chance to measure himself one time against the sport's top athletes.
Winner: Ben Saunders
Ben Saunders appeared to be pacing himself against a clearly overmatched opponent. But the decision win is good enough to land him in the semifinals of Bellator's latest welterweight tournament, where he'll face American Top Team mate Douglas Lima.
Loser: Michail Tsarev
That's two straight losses now in Bellator for the Russian prospect after just getting destroyed by Douglas Lima's leg kicks, which left him hobbling around the mat Daniel LaRusso style.
Tsarev's first step should be the MRI machine. After that, and any recovery period needed, back on the grind and after that first Bellator win. I believe Lyman Good would make an interesting quarterfinal opponent.
Winner: Douglas Lima
Whoa. Do not mess with this guy's leg kicks. He absolutely crushed the side of Tsarev's knee at the very end of the first round, and went right back to it in the second stanza. Whenever you have a TKO (leg kicks) on your resume, you know you're a bit of a bad man.
Just another step forward for Lima in his quest for another shot at the belt. His next opponent, Mr. Ben Saunders, will probably be a much stiffer test, even if Lima knocked Saunders out in their first meeting back in 2011.
Loser: Przemyslaw Mysiala
Przemyslaw Mysiala is 16-8, with seven of those losses by TKO. That's not what you want to see in a top fighter. Maybe BAMMA wants him back? I don't know; it can be a cold, cold world when you have a jaw of glass.
Winner: King Mo
I like how Muhammed Lawal is just going with "King Mo" now. That's very Brazilian of him.
After the one-punch KO, the light heavyweight tourney favorite faces Emanuel Newton next.
Loser: Karl Amoussou
Well, that was anticlimactic. But it was just as convincing a fight; after the third round, the big-talking Frenchman was decidedly less starchy. His left eye was swollen shut and his face was dripping with blood. That's your ballgame.
Amoussou will need to go back to the drawing board. But he's certainly still a viable major league welterweight. Another tourney run would seem appropriate.
Winner: Ben Askren
That's three belt defenses now for Askren, and this one might have been the most impressive. It was the only stoppage, that's for sure.
Askren's next fight will pit him against fellow undefeated welterweight Andrey Koreshkov, who absolutely tore through the Season 7 tournament. I'm looking forward to that one.
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