Ben Askren

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  1. DixieDestroyer

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    Sherdog lists welterweight Ben Askren as one of their "Fighters to Watch in the Next Decade". Ben was a 4 time All-American, 2 time NCAA national champion (& 2 time runner-up) at Missouri. He won the the Dan Hodge Trophy (wrestling's equivalent of the Heisman) twice and the Rev Wrestler of the Year. Askren went 42-0 his senior year & finished with a record of 153-8, with 91 of those victories coming by way of pin-fall (3rd all-time NCAA DI) pins list. Askren was also nominated for an ESPY in 2007 in the category Best Male College Athlete.

    Askren competed at the 74 kg. weight class in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Askren won his first match via pin against Hungarian István Veréb. In his round of 8 match he lost to Cuba's Ivan Fundora Zaldivar 1-3 0-4. The Cuban's loss to Russia's Buvaisar Saitiev in the quarterfinal round ended Askren's hopes to medal at the 2008 games. He may pursue the 2012 Olympics.

    In MMA, Ben's 3-0 (2 subs & 1 TKO (punches)) & currently fighting for Bellator Fighting Championships (BFC) at Welterweight. Like yours truly, he's a Purple Belt in BJJ. He looks to have an outstanding career if he continues to hone his BJJ & striking skills. [​IMG]

    Askren's MMA Debut - News Story/Highlights

    Ben Askren Wrestling Highlights

    Ben's Site




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    Ben's younger brother Max just won the NCAA (wrestling) title at 184 lbs (for Missouri). Max (a Senior) is a 3x All-American. Hopefully, Max will join Ben as an MMA fighter. MMA is a next-step/"pro" option for college wrestlers who want to continue their athletic career...thanks to the meteoric rise of MMA the last few years. Former NCAA champs like Mark Coleman, Brock Lesnar, Josh Rosholt, Josh Koscheck & Johny Hendricks have transitioned well into MMA.







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    I watched the NCAA wrestling finals yesterday and every champion was white and only one black even made the finals and he was destroyed. It was a enjoyable day from a caste awareness perspective with Klitchko winning, St. Mary's and Northern Iowa advancing and watching all the white men dominate the wrestling finals.
     
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    It looks like Ben Askren will have a rematch against Ryan Thomas on May 20th:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellator_19


    Thomas looked good as he crushed McClintock, so this coming fight could be awesome.
     
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    Deal in the works to finally bring welterweight Ben Askren to UFC. Askren is an unbelievable wrestler. He’s still undefeated in MMA. He’s 33, so this has been a long time coming, but I will definitely watch.
     
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    I’d love to see “Funky” Ben win a UFC title. He’s been a top notch fighter for years now. :)
     
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    Askren to UFC is a move that is a long time in the making, he deserves it!
     

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