Ben Askren earned a unanimous decision over Dan Hornbuckle on Thursday in the main event of Bellator 22 to win Bellator’s season two welterweight tournament and earn a shot at 170-pound champ Lyman Good during the promotion’s third season that begins in August.
A two-time NCAA Division I champion and 2008 Olympic wrestler, Askren easily took Hornbuckle down and kept him there for the majority of the bout, peppering him with punches, snubbing his escapes, and avoiding several submissions to earn unanimous 30-27 scores.
The official Bellator 22 results were:
- Ben Askren def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Lisa Ward def. Stephanie Frausto via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 2:07
- Jose Vega def. Jarrod Card via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:39
- Raphael Davis def. Demetrius Richards via submission (punches) – Round 1, 2:51
- Tyler Stinson def. Leonardo Pecanha via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:42
- Rudy Bears def. Brian Green via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 3:49
- Cole Konrad def. John Orr via unanimous decision
- Jared Downing def. Chad Vandenberg via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 1:35
Pictured: Ben Askren