|Ben Askren Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||July 18, 1984|
Ben Askren is an American former professional mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler who had won the welterweight title, in August 2014, at ONE Championship, a Singapore-based mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion. He had held the title for a record 1517 days and had given up the title only in October 2018 when he had decided to leave ONE Championship and join UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Similarly, he had won the welterweight title, in October 2010, at Bellator MMA, an American mixed martial arts promotion. He had held the title for a record 1120 days and had only abdicated in November 2013 once he had decided to leave Bellator MMA and join ONE Championship. Besides MMA, he had also been a highly accomplished wrestler and representing the United States in freestyle wrestling, he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2005 Guatemala City Pan American Championships and the 2009 Fort Lauderdale World Championships. He had also won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2008 Las Vegas U.S. National Championships. Besides that, he was a world champion in submission wrestling as well. He eventually retired, in November 2019, after a storied career.
Benjamin Michael Askren
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, United States
Hartland, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States
Ben had attended the Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. He had then joined the University of Missouri, a public research university in Columbia, Missouri.
Professional Mixed Martial Artist (Retired), Amateur Wrestler
- Father – Chuck Askren
- Mother – Michele Askren
- Siblings – Max Askren (Younger Brother) (Wrestler)
- Welterweight (2009–2016, 2019)
- Middleweight (2016–2017)
6 ft or 183 cm
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ben has dated –
- Amy Askren (2010-Present) – Ben had married real estate agent Amy on April 9, 2010. They have 3 children together – a son and 2 daughters.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent.
- Toned physique
- Frizzy, curly hair
- Affable smile
- Often sports a light stubble
Ben Askren Facts
- He had taken to wrestling at a very young age and had won the state wrestling championship twice while he was studying at the Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. He had played as an amateur wrestler at the University of Missouri as well. Later in life, he was appointed an assistant wrestling coach at Arizona State University.
- At the collegiate level, representing the Missouri Tigers, he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2006 and the 2007 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. He had won the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2004 and 2005 editions of the tournament. He had also won 2 ‘Gold’ medals (2006 and 2007) and 2 ‘Silver’ medals at the (2004 and 2005) Big 12 Championships.
- In 2007, he had become just the 2nd wrestler to win multiple Dan Hodge Trophies in folkstyle wrestling.
- In parallel with his wrestling and mixed martial arts career, he had also been a keen competitor in the sport of disc golf and had stood 9th in the sports’ 2009 Amateur World Championships.
- He has co-hosted podcasts such as FloWrestling Radio Live, The Funky & FRB Show, and The T-Row & Funky Show.
- He is a cryptocurrency investing enthusiast.
- UFC President Dana White had bet $1 million on Ben Askren’s win over YouTuber-turned-boxer, Jake Paul in the boxing match that was scheduled to happen on April 17, 2021. On the contrary, rapper Snoop Dogg had bet $2 million on Jake Paul’s win. Ultimately, the fight was won by Jake Paul as he defeated Ben by TKO (Technical Knockout) in Round 1. Ben had received $500,000 for fighting with Jake while Jake got $690,000.
Featured Image by Ben Askren / Instagram