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Collegiate Wrestling Standout Makes MMA Debut February 7

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A trend that Brock Lesnar and others started is about to continue. Collegiate wrestler Ben Askren, a 2-time NCAA Division 1 National Champion who went 87-0 over his last 2 years, will make his pro MMA debut on February 7 for the Headhunters Fight League in Missouri in an event headlined by former UFC fighter Din Thomas.

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Post #1   1/27/09 11:51:53AM   

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i know askren very well and got to see him wrestle several times while he was in high school here in wisconsin. the kid is extremely explosive and is one of the top 2 or 3 kids i ever saw wrestle at that age. im glad hes going to start out slow and build his way up, if he can learn BJJ(which shouldnt be the hardest transition) and striking(this might be more difficult) im thinking he will be a force, but he is a few years out form being a real contender anywhere but the smaller shows. i gotta love when a local makes the jump though, unfortunately with all the olympic hype around him hes going to have some high standards to live up to, but wrestlers traditionally are extremely hard workers so im not too worried about him.

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Post #2   1/27/09 12:12:31PM   

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I cant wait to see him. Hes got a different style of wrestling which looks like it could transition really well to bjj, and hes already a purple. Lets just hope he doesnt fold when he gets punched in the face.

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Post #4   1/27/09 4:36:09PM   

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He's bringing along a pretty impressive resume to MMA.As previously mentioned,if he can improve his BJJ and striking(boxing) skills he should be pretty competitive in his weight class.

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Looking forward to this

Post #6   1/28/09 12:39:22AM