Ben Askren is one of the best grapplers in history. Nicknamed “Funky” due to his unorthodox style of grappling, he became a modern-day legend in America’s wrestling scene with an incredible 153-7 record in collegiate wrestling. In the process, he became a two-time Wisconsin State Wrestling Champion, a two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion, and the 74kg freestyle championship at the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials.
After realizing a lifelong dream to represent his country in the Olympics at the 2008 Beijing Games, Askren decided to turn his attention to the cage upon returning to the US. In 2009, he won the FILA World Grappling Championship in the 84 kg no-gi division, and unsurprisingly adopted wrestling as his primary base before debuting professionally in the cage.
Askren went on to dominate the North American scene, capturing the Bellator Welterweight Championship and defending it repeatedly before signing with ONE Championship in late 2013. Askren then defeated Nobutatsu Suzuki for the ONE Welterweight World Championship in April 2015, and has reigned supreme ever since with several dominant defenses.