Ben Askren Net Worth 2021, Age, Height, Family, Parents, Wife, Son, UFC record

Ben Askren net worth

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Introduction

Ben Askren 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).

An accomplished grappler, he was the 2008 US Olympic Team Member and National champion and the 2005 Pan American champion in freestyle wrestling, a two–time NCAA Division I national champion (four-time finalist), and two–time Big 12 Conference champion (four-time finalist) for the Missouri Tigers, and was the second wrestler to secure multiple Dan Hodge Trophies (the wrestling equivalent of the Heisman Trophy) in folkstyle wrestling. He was also a world champion in submission wrestling.

Early life

NameBen Askren
Net Worth$2 million
ProfessionFormer Mixed Martial artist
Height1.78m
Age37 years
Ben Askren net worth 2021

Benjamin Michael Askren was born on July 18, 1984 (age 37 years) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. He was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his father Chuck Askren 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 on the podium at multiple US National tournaments in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman. His is mother is Michelle Askren and his brother is Max Askren.

In college, Ben 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 stand out 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 on multiple occasions, as he received the award in both seasons after compiling a combined 87–0 record.

Throughout his career, Ben Askren defeated multiple NCAA champions such as Jake Herbert and Keith Gavin. After a legendary run, Ben 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 on 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.

Career

Despite his style relying heavily on folkstyle rules, Ben Askren was able to adapt fairly well to freestyle wrestling after his graduation from college. After working on adapting his style during 2007, Askren claimed the US National Championship in April and followed up by making the US Olympic Team in June. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Askren defeated Hungarian István Veréb via fall in the first round but fell in the quarterfinals to Cuba’s Iván Fundora on points. Fundora was then defeated by Russia’s Buvaisar Saitiev, thus eliminating Askren’s chances of competing for a medal.

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Askren was then asked if inexperience in the new ruleset was a factor, but he responded; “That wasn’t it,” he said with tears in his eyes, “I just wasn’t good enough. I sucked.”

Post-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 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.

Mixed martial Career

Ben Askren made his professional MMA debut on February 7, 2009. It was held by Headhunter Productions at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. He defeated Josh Flowers via TKO early in the first round.

Askren had his second fight at Patriot Act 2 in Columbia, Missouri. He defeated Mitchell Harris via submission by arm triangle. The fight was at a catchweight of 175 pounds.

Grappling: Askren competed at the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship from September 26–27, in Barcelona, Spain. He won his first match against Toni Linden by arm-triangle choke. He lost his second match to Pablo Popovitch, a veteran grappler he had trained with the previous summer, by figure four footlocker early in the match. Popovitch went on to win the championship in the under 77 kg (169 lb) division.

Ben Askren also competed at the 2009 FILA 2° World Grappling Championship. Askren faced the 2008 World Champion, Jacob Volkmann, in the 84 kg no-gi division. Askren out-wrestled Volkmann and won gold in the category.

Bellator Fighting Championships

Askren was a participant in Bellator Fighting Championships Season 2 Welterweight Tournament. In his first fight, Askren defeated Ryan Thomas via technical submission at Bellator 14 on April 15, 2010. The outcome of the fight was controversial because Thomas protested the stoppage as soon as Askren released the choke.

After Jim Wallhead was pulled from the tournament, Thomas was given another chance to compete. Thomas defeated Jacob McClintock by TKO in the first round at Bellator 15 and was awarded a rematch with Askren. When the two fought at Bellator 19, Askren came out victorious again with a unanimous decision after controlling Thomas with wrestling for three rounds.

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At Bellator 22, Askren defeated Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision with his superior wrestling dominating Hornbuckle for all three rounds, becoming the Bellator Season Two Welterweight Tournament Champion.

On October 21, 2010, in Philadelphia Askren took on the Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good. Despite being hit with a brutal kick and almost getting caught in a triangle choke with one minute left, he was able to take down and control Good in every round. Askren won via unanimous decision (49–46, 48–47, and 50–45) to win the Bellator Welterweight Championship.

Askren next returned at Bellator 40 to fight and defeat Nick Thompson after taking down and controlling Thompson for all three rounds. Although Askren started off quickly in the third round with a spinning back fist and several other strikes, he was caught with an overhand right by Thompson, causing Askren to take down and control Thompson for the remainder of the round. Askren went on to win by unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, and 30–27).

Following his unanimous decision win over Thompson in a non-title affair at Bellator 40 in Newkirk, Oklahoma, Askren revealed that he was moving to Milwaukee to train under Duke Roufus at Roufusport.

Askren successfully defended his title against season 4 welterweight tournament winner Jay Hieron at Bellator 56 following a close split decision. He also 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.

Next for Askren was a title defence against Karl Amoussou, the fight taking place at Bellator 86 on January 24, 2013. Askren once again used his top control wrestling to shut down his opponent grappling, and opened a cut on Amoussou’s forehead with an elbow strike. The doctor stepped in between the third and fourth rounds, judging the cut too severe for Amoussou to continue.

In the final fight of his contract, Askren faced tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 97. He dominated the fight with his wrestling and ground strikes, out striking his opponent by a wide 248 to 3 margin before winning via TKO in the fourth round. On November 14, 2013, following a negotiation period, Bellator announced they had released Askren from the company, and that he was now an unrestricted free agent.

ONE Championship

On December 9, 2013, Ben Askren signed a two-year/six-fight contract with ONE Championship. He met Bakhtiyar Abbasov, who had been riding a nine-fight win streak, in the main event of ONE FC: Honor and Glory on May 30. He won the fight via submission (arm-triangle choke) in the first round, and proceeded to call out ONE champion Nobutatsu Suzuki, stating “Suzuki is going to bring me my belt. He can put it in the middle of the cage and give it to me, or I can take it the hard way!”.

Ben Askren faced Suzuki at ONE Fighting Championship: Reign of Champions on August 29, 2014. He won the fight via TKO due to strikes in the first round to become the new ONE Welterweight Champion.

Askren faced Luis Santos in the main event at ONE Championship: Valor of Champions on April 24. The fight was ruled “no contest” after an accidental eye poke from Askren at 2:19 of round 1 rendered Santos unable to continue. In the next fight, Askren beat Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin at the ONE Championship: Global Warriors on April 15, 2016, by unanimous decision. Askren then fought Agilan Thani at the ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes on May 26, 2017. He won the fight via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round.

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Askren then faced Zebaztian Kadestam at the ONE Championship: Shanghai on September 7, 2017. He won the fight via TKO due to punches. He also then faced fellow veteran Shinya Aoki at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit on November 24, 2017. Prior to the bout, he claimed this would be his last fight. He won the fight via TKO due to punches early in the first round. He retired from the sport after the win.

Askren left the door open for one last match if he was made an offer to “prove I’m the best welterweight in the world”. He discussed the possibility of facing Georges St-Pierre, claiming “He doesn’t want a title fight. He just wants to build on his legacy,” adding that he felt he would be the perfect opponent for St. Pierre. The contest never materialized.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On November 3, 2018, it was announced that the UFC had signed Askren under the “trade UFC and One Championship agreement”, in exchange for former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson.

Askren made his UFC debut against the former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235. The bout was initially scheduled for UFC 233, but after the event was cancelled the fight was rescheduled for UFC 235. Askren won the fight via bulldog choke in the first round, through a controversial stoppage by referee Herb Dean.

Replays appear to show Lawler’s arm going limp and giving a thumbs up right after, which some attribute to Lawler slipping in and out of consciousness. Although controversial, Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett explained that the commission had “no problem” with Dean’s decision to stop the fight.

Askren faced long–time veteran Jorge Masvidal on July 6, 2019, at UFC 239. Leading up to the match, Askren utilized heavy trash-talk as usual. He was brutally knocked out with a flying knee five seconds into the first round, the fastest knockout in UFC history, ending his undefeated run in a stunning way.

Askren faced ADCC World Champion and MMA veteran Demian Maia on October 26, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 20, and lost the fight via technical submission in round three. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. On November 18, 2019, Askren announced his official retirement from a mixed martial arts competition.

Boxing match against Jake Paul

After a back-and-forth on social media, Askren fought YouTube personality Jake Paul in a boxing match on April 17, 2021, losing by TKO. However, the legitimacy of the match was questioned by fans and fellow MMA fighters. The match reportedly generated at least 1.45 million pay-per-view buys as per Triller, although the legitimacy of the numbers has also been heavily questioned by multiple personalities such as UFC president Dana White.

Wife

Ben Askren is married to his longtime girlfriend Amy Askren, they had their wedding in 2010. His wife Amy Askren is a Wisconsin realtor. They have a son together. However, Ben Askren 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.

Ben Askren net worth

How much is Ben Askren worth? Ben Askren net worth is estimated at around $2 million. His main source of income is from his UFC career. Askren’s successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. However, Ben 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.