The French-born welterweight makes a huge statement of intent:
Following an emphatic victory at Cage Warriors 80 last night over Matt Inman, newly crowned welterweight champion, Karl Amoussou was quick to make his statement of intent clear. Sporting a t-shirt with the slogan “Hey UFC – IT’S TIME” after his first round finish of his opponent, his eighth straight finish in a row in as many fights.
The newly crowned champion was aiming to send a message from the opening bell – his calm and loose style showed he was composed and relaxed despite the title implication. There was no bad blood lost between the too. With a loud crowd cheering from the stands, the two did not even touch gloves before their exchange. From the sound of the horn, the fight was already of a quick nature. Inman found some early success with various kicks, however, Amoussou was beginning the pop off shots of his own, connecting with some crisp combinations. The French native was landing clean shots on Inman – who’s fast and pressing style was perfect prey for Amoussou, who continually managed to keep himself out of his opponents range.
Following the early exchanges, Amoussou landed his hellaciously powerful right hand and that was enough to send both Inman and the crowd at the o2 Indigo into a frenzy. Karl quickly chased his fallen foe to the ground, despite Inman’s best efforts – Amoussou did enough to force referee, Marc Goddard to signal for the finish, 3 minutes and 13 seconds into the first round.
In what is a win streak now totalling 8 straight fights with 8 straight finishes, Amoussou seized the post-fight interview to deliver his message. “I’ve been asked by the UFC to keep winning,” Amoussou said. “Not only did I win, I smashed every single one of my opponents. That’s what I did, and that’s why I deserve to be in the UFC.”
It’s hard to ignore his point, Karl has now amassed a strong series of wins, he hasn’t seen a loss in 3 years and hasn’t seen a second round in two years. He’s finished every single one of his last 8 foes. The 31-year-old Bellator veteran has certainly made a point.