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Ben Askren

"Funky" Ben Askren
  • Name: Ben Askren
  • MMA Record: 18-0-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Funky
  • Current Streak: 18 Wins
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1984.07.18
  • Last Fight: November 24, 2017 in ONE
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Roufusport MMA Academy
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $50,000 USD
  • Born: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Fighting out of: Phoenix, Arizona
  • College: University of Missouri
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling
  • Head Coach: Duke Roufus
  • Other Coaches: N/A
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Ben Askren Welterweight Ranking History

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Ben Askren MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:57 Round 1 of 5

Jp Shinya Aoki
17-0-0 39-7-0

Sg ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2017.11.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:09 Round 2 of 5, 9:09 Total

Se Zebaztian Kadestam
16-0-0 9-3-0

Cn ONE Championship: Shanghai
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2017.09.02
Win | Submission | Choke
2:20 Round 1 of 5

My Agilan Thani
15-0-0 6-0-0

Sg ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2017.05.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ru Nikolay Aleksakhin
14-0-0 18-3-0

Ph ONE Championship: Global Rivals
Main Event | Catchweight | 188 lbs

2016.04.15
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Cancelled Bout Luis Santos ONE Championship 2015.11.13
Reason: Santos Missed Weight
No Contest
2:19 Round 1 of 5

Br Luis Santos
14-0-0 61-9-1

Ph ONE FC 26: Valor of Champions
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2015.04.24
Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Olivier Coste
Win | KO/TKO
1:24 Round 1 of 5

Jp Nobutatsu Suzuki
13-0-0 11-1-2

Ae ONE FC 19: Reign of Champions
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2014.08.29
Odds: -1800 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Olivier Coste
Win | Submission | Choke
4:21 Round 1 of 3

Az Bakhtiyar Abbasov
12-0-0 12-2-0

Sg ONE FC 16: Honor and Glory
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.05.30
Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:58 Round 4 of 5, 17:58 Total

Ru Andrey Koreshkov
11-0-0 13-0-0

Us Bellator 97: Chandler vs. Rickels
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2013.07.31
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.9 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total

De Karl Amoussou
10-0-0 16-4-2

Us Bellator 86
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2013.01.24
Odds: -1100 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs (77.0 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Douglas Lima
9-0-0 21-4-0

Ca Bellator 64
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2012.04.06
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.6 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Jay Hieron
8-0-0 21-4-0

Us Bellator 56
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2011.10.29
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.6 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nick Thompson
7-0-0 38-13-1

Us Bellator 40
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.04.09
Odds: -675 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.6 lbs (77.4 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Lyman Good
6-0-0 10-0-0

Us Bellator 33
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2010.10.21
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Hornbuckle
5-0-0 21-2-0

Us Bellator 22
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 170 lbs

2010.06.17
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Ryan Thomas
4-0-0 11-4-0

Us Bellator 19
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 170 lbs

2010.05.20
Odds: -570 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.4 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | Submission | Choke
2:40 Round 1 of 3

Us Ryan Thomas
3-0-0 10-3-0

Us Bellator 14
Co-Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 170 lbs

2010.04.15
Odds: -525 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Dave Smith
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Matt Delanoit

Us Iowa Regional

2009.08.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Mitchell Harris

Us Missouri Regional

2009.04.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Josh Flowers

Us Missouri Regional

2009.02.07

Ben Askren Wiki Update Wiki

A two-time NCAA Division I National Wrestling Champion, Ben Askren already had a lengthy freestyle wrestling resume prior to competing in the 2008 Olympic Games. Although he did not medal in the Olympics, Askren's transition to professional mixed martial arts competition in 2009 marked the arrival of one of the highest level elite wrestlers to enter the sport in years.


Since turning pro in 2009, Askren has justified the hype, controlling all of his opponents to date en route to dominant decision or submission victories. After amassing a 3-0 record on the local circuit, Askren competed in Bellator's Season 2 Welterweight Tournament, defeating Ryan Thomas (twice) and the skilled Dan Hornbuckle to earn a shot at Welterweight Champion Lyman Good.


Askren's tenacity and creativity as a wrestler - despite not having a fully well-rounded set of mixed martial arts skills - led to him going into his bout against Lyman Good as the odds-on favorite. Askren dominated Tiger Schulman protege Good in much the same fashion that he did Hornbuckle, using a stifling combination of takedowns, guard passing and top control to brutalize his way to a lopsided decision. As of yet, no combination of striking and Jiu-Jitsu has managed to solve the riddle posed by Askren, one of the greatest wrestlers to enter MMA.


Since winning the belt Askren has successfully defending his belt 4 times over tough competition. He defeated Jay Hieron by a very close Split Decision followed by a Unanimous Decision over Douglas Lima. In his most recent victory there was a doctor stoppage after the end of the 3rd as Karl Amoussou's eye was completely shut giving Askren his third title defense. He would rack up his fourth defense and second finish in a row when he finished off Andrey Koreshkov in the 4th round by TKO.


Following the win Askren was actually released from the promotion. With no offer from the UFC he would sign with ONE FC; he made  his debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov in the Main Event on the 30th of May 2014. He submitted his opponent in the very first round, continuing his streak of finishes. With that victory he earned a shot at the ONE FC welterweight strap. He fought incumbent champion Nobutatsu Suzuki and took only 1:24 seconds to submit the Japanese fighter, extending his finishing streak to 4, and adding another championship belt to his collection.

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