Ben Askren earned a TKO victory over Karl Amoussou in the main event of Bellator 86 Thursday night, securing another successful title defense of his welterweight crown.

Askren battered Amoussou, with the cageside doctor ruling Amoussou no longer fit to continue due to a cut above his eye.

Also, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal made his Bellator debut, as the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion earned a knockout victory over Przemyslaw Mysiala in an opening round light heavyweight tournament contest.

MAIN CARD

Ben Askren def. Karl Amoussou via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 3, 5:00 to retain Bellator MMA welterweight title

Muhammed Lawal def. Przemyslaw Mysiala via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:52 – light-heavyweight tourney opening round

Douglas Lima def. Michail Tsarev via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 2, 1:44 – welterweight tourney opening round

Ben Saunders def. Koffi Adzitso via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – welterweight tourney opening round

PRELIMINARY CARD

Mike Maldonado vs. Jospeh Salas (bout canceled due to time constraints)

Hunter Tucker def. Javier Obregon via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:17

Jason Sampson def. Chris Pham via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 4:55

Brent Weedman def. Marius Zaromskis via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Raul Amaya def. Jose Gomes via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:12

Damon Jackson def. Zach Church via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:43

Cortez Coleman def. Matt Jones via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)