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The History of Karl “Psycho” Amoussou

We take a look back at the MMA journey of Karl “Psycho” Amoussou

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After winning the vacant Welterweight Championship at Cage Warriors 80 in emphatic style, we take a look back at the history of Karl “Psycho” Amoussou. The French-German mixed martial artist has been a professional since 2006, competing in organisations such as Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM, Pancrase and Cage Warriors.

Karl Amoussou and his family have a strong mixed martial arts background, specifically in Judo.  His older brother Bertrand Amoussou was a medal winning Judoka for France in the 1990 European Judo Championships and is also a three-time world champion in Jiu-Jitsu Combat. His father was also an established karate stylist.

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In 2011 with a record of 12-3-2 “Psycho” was offered a contract with Bellator MMA, making his debut on May 21st. Karl Amoussou’s Bellator debut did not go to plan, losing via a close split decision to Sam Alvey. Karl did not let this defeat get to him. On November 26th, 2011 Karl Amoussou defeated Jesus Martinez via TKO, earning himself a spot in the Bellator Welterweight Tournament. During the Tournament that spanned over three Bellator events, Amoussou reeled off three consecutive wins and won the tournament in impressive fashion. His most impressive win of the three came against Bryan Baker in the tournament finale defeating Baker via inverted heel hook.

This win earned Karl Amoussou a shot at the Bellator Welterweight Championship at Bellator 86 against Ben Askren – who many believe to be the best welterweight in the world. Amoussou threatened throughout the fight with submission attempts but was on the receiving end of some relentless ground and pound from Askren. This, in turn, forced a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the third round.

After the disappointing loss against Ben Askren, Amoussou had a rough patch in his career, losing two out of his next three fights in Bellator. Since January 17th, 2015 Amoussou has fought in 6 different organisations, most recently winning the Cage Warriors Welterweight belt in impressive fashion against Matt Inman. This win has pushed him closer to his dream of fighting in the UFC, and I’m sure it won’t be long before we see Karl “Psycho” Amoussou in the famous UFC Octagon.


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