Ben Askren is poised to take the world of mixed martial arts by storm in the coming months and years. Unquestionably one of the most phenomenal collegiate athletes in the history of American wrestling, Askren is an Olympic level wrestler that was twice awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy while becoming a two-time NCAA national champion during his days in college.
Following his stint in the Olympics, the wild haired phenom naturally decided upon a career in mixed martial arts and has been training diligently under the guidance of Kiko France out of the American Top Team in Missouri since the transition. Askren has been a sponge for MMA technique since he began training and has already been awarded with a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Askren improved his record to 2-0 with a first round TKO over Mitchell Harris at last evening’s Patriot Act II event that took place in Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, Missouri. The TKO was his second in two bouts, with the first coming over Josh Flowers in the first round of their bout that took place at the first Patriot Act event in February of 2009.
The championship level wrestler came out like a whirl wind in last night’s bout against Harris, landing solid knees in the clinch before taking the fight to the floor where he pounded his opponent out at only 1:27 into the opening round.
Askren is a work in progress and is being handled appropriately as such. The kind of wrestling credentials he brings to the table combined with the fact that he training with one of the best gyms in the business is a sure-fire recipe for success in the coming days for the twenty four year old with seemingly limitless potential.