Benjamin Michael Askren(born July 18, 1984) is an American former professional mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler. Askren was the former Bellator and ONE Welterweight Champion, remaining undefeated for over a decade before competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Benjamin Michael Biography
Ben was born in Cedar Rapids, the second-largest city in Iowa, United States, on July 18, 1984. He was born to Chuck Askren and Michele Askren. Furthermore, he spent his childhood with his brother Max Askren.
Like him, Max is also a wrestler as a professional who won a national championship in 2010. By the way, Ben was born and raised Christian.
Next, talking about his education, Ben went to Arrowhead High School, where he completed his high school education.
Notably, he won the state championship in wrestling two times at the school. Then, he enrolled at the University of Missouri.
At the same time, he worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Arizona State University. In his college days, he collected many honorable awards in wrestling, which served as a boost in his professional career.
Benjamin Michael Askren Age
Benjamin Michael Askren was born on July 18, 1984 (age 37), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Benjamin Michael Askren Height And Weight
Benjamin Michael Askren Height is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm),while is Weight
170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Benjamin Michael Personal Life
He is competitive in the sport of disc golf. In 2009, Askren finished ninth in the Amateur World Championships. Askren is sponsored by Discraft. He is also involved in cryptocurrency investing.
Askren co-hosts a few weekly wrestling podcasts: ‘FloWrestling Radio Live’ with Christian Pyles on FloWrestling, ‘The Funky & FRB Show’ with Front Row Brian on Rokfin and ‘The T-Row & Funky Show’ with two–time NCAA champion Tommy Rowlands. Ben is believed to be irreligious.
Benjamin Michael Wrestling Career
Askren was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his father Chuck at age six, but only took the sport seriously when he started the sixth grade and joined a club. During high school, he became a two–time WIAA state champion out of Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin. Nationally, he placed in the podium at multiple US National tournaments in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman.
In college, Askren wrestled for the Missouri Tigers at 174 pounds, where he was teammates with future UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and future Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.During his freshman and sophomore campaigns (2003–2004 and 2004–2005), Askren placed second at the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference Championships, losing in all of his championship matches to standout from Oklahoma State Chris Pendleton. After being a runner–up for half of his career, Askren shined as a junior and a senior, becoming the third athlete to ever earn the Dan Hodge Trophy in multiple occasions, as he received the award in both seasons after compiling a combined 87–0 record.Throughout his career, Askren defeated multiple NCAA champions such as Jake Herbert and Keith Gavin. After a legendary run, Askren graduated with a 153–8 record (seven of the losses were handled by Chris Pendleton and one of them by Ryan LangeI), two Dan Hodge Trophies and a Schalles Award, two NCAA championships, two Big 12 Championships and 91 pins, the third most in NCAA Division I history.
One of the most dominant collegiate wrestlers of all time, Askren’s “funky” style relied heavily in unorthodox scrambling techniques and was known for his pinning ability as well as his massive afro. His peculiar and uncommon body shape for a wrestler allowed him to complete moves that his competition could not, thus constantly putting them in awkward positions.On January 9, 2012, it was announced that Askren would be one of six new inductees to the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Benjamin Michael Olympic Career
Although Askren decided to pursue a career in MMA after the Olympics, he continued to compete in wrestling occasionally. In 2010, he avenged his Olympic loss by defeating Fundora in the semifinals of the Cerro Pelado International in Cuba. This came shortly after Askren won the Dave Schultz Memorial International. Later the same year, Askren defeated 2009 world silver medalist Jake Herbert in a folkstyle rules match at the Midlands Tournament. Askren also competed in the Agon Wrestling Championships and the Flo Premier League. In May 2019, Askren lost by technical superiority to five–time World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs in the annual Beat the Streets benefit event.
After spending a little over a year in retirement from his MMA career, Askren announced a successful hip surgery in 2020 and revealed that he intends to return to competitive freestyle wrestling soon.
Benjamin Michael Net Worth
Benjamin Michael has a Net worth of $10 million While his current total annual salary of around $500,000.
Benjamin Michael Education
Benjamin Michael attended University of Missouri
Benjamin Michael Parents
Benjamin Michael Father’s Name is Chuck Askren while Mother’s Name Is Michele Askren.
Benjamin Michael Married
Benjamin Michael got married to Amy Askren.