Former Missouri wrestler Askren successfully defends MMA title

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 11:07 p.m. CST; updated 11:29 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ben Askren, a two-time wrestling national champion while at Missouri, defeated Karl Amoussou on Thursday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., to retain the Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight Title.

Askren won back-to-back national championships while wrestling at Missouri in 2006 and 2007, and owns the program record with 153 career victories. Since making the transition to mixed martial arts, Askren has amassed an undefeated 11-0 record and earned the Bellator Welterweight title.

He dominated Amoussou on Thursday night, repeatedly taking him down and earning a technical knockout after the third round of the fight. Nicknamed "Funky," Askren was understandably confident after his third straight title defense.

"I'm the best welterweight anywhere in the world," Askren said. "Better watch out, I'm coming."

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