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Ben Askren retains welterweight belt

Updated: January 25, 2013, 1:04 AM ET
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren pummeled French challenger Karl Amoussou on Thursday at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., forcing referee Jason Herzog to stop the fight on advice from the cageside physician after three brutal rounds.

Askren made full use of his Olympic-caliber wrestling skills by repeatedly outmaneuvering Amoussou (16-5-2) into takedowns. From top position, the undefeated 28-year-old welterweight mauled his challenger with punches and elbows.

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