Ben Askren hails from Wisconsin, and was a two-time state wrestling champion during his high school days. He went to the University of Missouri where he reached the finals of the 74kg NCAA Division One Championship four years in a row, finishing as runner up in 2004 and 2005, finally winning the entire tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Askren completed his collegiate wrestling career with a record of 153-7, and in 2008 went on to win the 74kg freestyle championship at the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials. This victory secured him a spot on the American team at the Beijing Olympics that year.
In 2009, he won the FILA World Grappling Championship in the 84 kg no-gi division and began his pro MMA career. He has not been beaten in 15 fights, capturing the Bellator weltwerweight title and the ONE Welterweight World Championship title along the way. Universally regarded as the greatest wrestler to ever compete in the sport of MMA, Askren has never experienced defeat, and fully expects things to stay that way.