22 Facts About Ben Askren

1. In 2009, Ben Askren finished 9th in the Amateur World Championships.

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2. Ben Askren is competitive in the sport of disc golf.

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3. Ben Askren discussed the possibility of facing Georges St Pierre, claiming "Ben Askren doesn't want a title fight.

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4. Ben Askren dominated the fight with his wrestling and ground strikes, outstriking his opponent by a wide 248 to 3 margin before winning via TKO in the fourth round.

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5. Ben Askren successfully defended his title against season 5 welterweight tournament winner Douglas Lima at Bellator 64 on April 6, 2012 on Good Friday at the Caesars in Windsor, Canada.

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6. Ben Askren successfully defended his title against season 4 welterweight tournament winner Jay Hieron at Bellator 56.

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7. Ben Askren lost his second match to Pablo Popovitch, a veteran grappler he had trained with the previous summer, by figure four footlock early in the match.

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8. Ben Askren won his first match against Toni Linden by arm triangle choke.

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9. Ben Askren had his second fight at Patriot Act 2 in Columbia, Missouri.

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10. Ben Askren made his professional MMA debut on February 7, 2009.

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11. Ben Askren currently trains at Roufusport in Milwaukee, where he is the wrestling coach.

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12. Ben Askren is an active submission wrestler, and is a self-proclaimed black belt, which is not recognized in IBJJF in jiu-jitsu.

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13. Ben Askren won his first match via pin against Hungarian Istvan Vereb.

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14. On January 9, 2012 it was announced that Ben Askren would be one of six new inductees to the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

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15. Ben Askren was a four-time All-American, including being only the twelfth Division I wrestler ever to be a four-time finalist.

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16. Ben Askren was again named the Rev Wrestler of the Year.

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17. Ben Askren finished his collegiate career with an 87 match winning streak.

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18. Ben Askren won the 174 pound weight class easily at both the Big 12 and NCAA Championships.

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19. Ben Askren lost the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship match to Chris Pendleton in both 2004 and 2005 before winning it in 2006 and 2007.

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20. Ben Askren is a two-time state champion in wrestling at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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21. Ben Askren was an assistant wrestling coach at Arizona State University and was an American amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri.

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22. Ben Askren was born on July 18, 1984 and is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler.

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