"I’ve only been punching stuff for about a year. Literally, I didn’t start boxing or hitting anything until September of 2009. I heard [Good’s] corner taunting me with, ‘He punches like a girl.’ Maybe I do now, but I ain’t always going to punch like a girl. There’s a lot of places that I can get better. I can punch harder. I can finish better on top."
The new Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, hasn't been ignoring his critics. The 2008 Olympic wrestler has been able to neutralize his opponents with ease since making his MMA debut, but in his seven career victories Askren has only had one knockout. Askren has been criticized by fans for his performance against Lyman Good. In the championship bout, the Lions Den challenger mostly focused on putting the champion on his back and keeping him there until the bell sounded. It wasn't until an upkick followed by a triangle choke attempt where Askren was in real danger. Askren was able to escape and win the fight, however, when Good went for an arm instead of a choke. Sound off maniacs. What will it take for Ben Askren to win you over?