Ben Askren

Ben Askren

Full NameBen Askren

BornJuly 18, 1984

Height5 ft 11 in



Ben "Funky" Askren is a former Bellator and One Championship Welterweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 19-wins, 2-losses, and 1-No-Contest. He retired from professional MMA in 2019.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Ben Askren Bellator
  3. Ben Askren One Championship
  4. Ben Askren UFC
  5. Ben Askren vs Jake Paul
  6. Ben Askren Stats
  7. Ben Askren Last Fight
  8. Ben Askren Record

OneFC Honor & Glory

Early Life and Career

Askren started training in wrestling at the age of 6 under his father's tutelage and would start taking it seriously in sixth grade. Askren would win the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association) twice in high school before going to college.

In his college years, Askren would amass a record of 153-8 with 91 victories coming via pin. He would win 2 Big Championships, 2 NCAA Division Championships, a Schallas award, and Two Dan Hodge Trophies.

Ben would then compete in the 2008 Olympics in the Freestyle Category in the 74kg category. He would lose in the quarterfinals against Ivan Fundora. Following his loss at the Olympics, Askren decided to pursue MMA.

Askren made his professional MMA debut against Josh Flowers at Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act. Askren won his debut in the first round via TKO(punches) and then won his next 2 fights in dominating fashion before signing up with Bellator Fighting Championship.

Ben Askren Bellator

Askren made his Bellator debut in 2010 in the promotions' second season Welterweight Tournament. Ben dominated everyone in the tournament. He defeated Ryan Thomas twice at Bellator 14 and 19 in the quarterfinal and semifinal of the tournament and then defeated Dan Hornbuckle in the final at Bellator 22 to win the tournament.

Askren faced Lyman Good at Bellator 33 for the Bellator Welterweight Championship. He would win the fight via Unanimous Decision to win the belt. After this, he would defeat Nick Thompson and then defend the title against Jay Hieron, Douglas Lima, Karl Amoussou, and Andrey Koreshkov. After defending his title against Koreshkov at Bellator 97, Askren vacated it to join One Championship with a professional record of 12-0.

Ben Askren One Championship

Ben Askren made his ONE Championship at ONE FC: Honor and Glory against Bakhtiyar Abbasov and called out Nobutatsu Suzuki to get a title shot at the ONE Welterweight Championship. Asken fought Suzuki at ONE Championship: Reign of Champions in 2014. Askren defeated Suzuki in the first round via TKO(punches) and became the new ONE Welterweight Champion.

Askren's first title defense was against Luis Santos. The fight ended in a No-Contest due to Accidental Eye Poke. Following this, Askren defeated Nikolay Aleksakhin, Agilan Thani, Zebaztian Kadestam, and Shinya Aoki. Following this win, he announced retirement from the sport.

Ben Askren UFC

Ben joined UFC in 2018 as a trade made by ONE FC to the UFC for Demetrius Johnson. Askren would make his UFC debut at UFC 235 against Robbie Lawler. Askren won the fight by a controversial stoppage as Herb Dean(the referee) stopped the fight when Askren locked in the bulldog choke without Lawler tapping out or passing out. Following this controversial loss, Ben faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239. Masvidal would end Askren's 10-year unbeaten run in professional MMA by landing a fly knee and knocking out Askren in 5 seconds. After this loss, Askren fought Demian Maia at UFC Fight Maia vs. Askren. Askren would again lose, but this time in the third round by Technical Submission(rear-naked choke). Following this, Ben announced his retirement from the sport in November 2019.

Ben Askren vs Jake Paul

Ben Askren fought Jake Paul in a boxing match on 17 April 2021. Askren lost the bout in the first round via TKO in a controversial early stoppage. This was Askren's First and only professional boxing match.

Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren

Ben Askren Stats

Current Status:

Ben Askren's current record stands at 19-2-1. He retired from professional MMA in 2019


MatchesWinsLossesNo Contest

Wins by KO/TKOs:

  1. 6

Wins by Submission:

  1. 6

Wins by Decision:

  1. 7


  1. 170 lb / 77 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Welterweight (2009-2016,2019-present)
  2. Middleweight (2016-2017)

Ben Askren Last Fight

Ben Askren's last fight was against Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night Maia vs Askren. He would lose the fight in the third round via technical submission.

Ben Askren Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Ben "Funky" Askren:

Loss19-2 (1)Demian MaiaTechnical Submission (rear-naked choke)UFC Fight Night 162: Maia vs AskrenOctober 26, 2019
Loss19โ€“1 (1)Jorge MasvidalKO (flying knee)UFC 239July 6, 2019
Win19โ€“0 (1)Robbie LawlerTechnical Submission (bulldog choke)UFC 235March 2, 2019
Win18โ€“0 (1)Shinya AokiTKO (punches)ONE Championship 62: Immortal PursuitNovember 24, 2017
Win17โ€“0 (1)Zebaztian KadestamTKO (punches)ONE Championship 58: ShanghaiSeptember 2, 2017
Win16โ€“0 (1)Agilan ThaniSubmission (arm-triangle choke)ONE Championship 54: Dynasty of HeroesMay 26, 2017
Win15โ€“0 (1)Nikolay AleksakhinDecision (unanimous)ONE Championship 41: Global RivalsApril 15, 2016
NC14โ€“0 (1)Luis SantosNC (accidental eye poke)ONE Championship 26: Valor of ChampionsApril 24, 2015
Win14โ€“0Nobutatsu SuzukiTKO (punches)ONE FC 19: Reign of ChampionsAugust 29, 2014
Win13โ€“0Bakhtiyar AbbasovSubmission (arm-triangle choke)ONE FC 16: Honor and GloryMay 30, 2014
Win12โ€“0Andrey KoreshkovTKO (punches)Bellator 97July 31, 2013
Win11โ€“0Karl AmoussouTKO (doctor stoppage)Bellator 86January 24, 2013
Win10โ€“0Douglas LimaDecision (unanimous)Bellator 64April 6, 2012
Win9โ€“0Jay HieronDecision (split)Bellator 56October 29, 2011
Win8โ€“0Nick ThompsonDecision (unanimous)Bellator 40April 9, 2011
Win7โ€“0Lyman GoodDecision (unanimous)Bellator 33October 21, 2010
Win6โ€“0Dan HornbuckleDecision (unanimous)Bellator 22June 17, 2010
Win5โ€“0Ryan ThomasDecision (unanimous)Bellator 19May 20, 2010
Win4โ€“0Ryan ThomasTechnical Submission (guillotine choke)Bellator 14April 15, 2010
Win3โ€“0Matt DelanoitSubmission (north-south choke)Max Fights DM: Ballroom BrawlAugust 28, 2009
Win2โ€“0Mitchell HarrisSubmission (reverse arm-triangle choke)Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 2April 25, 2009
Win1โ€“0Josh FlowersTKO (punches)Headhunter Productions: The Patriot ActFebruary 7, 2009

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