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.
- Early Life and Career
- Ben Askren Bellator
- Ben Askren One Championship
- Ben Askren UFC
- Ben Askren vs Jake Paul
- Ben Askren Stats
- Ben Askren Last Fight
- Ben Askren Record
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.
Ben Askren Stats
Ben Askren's current record stands at 19-2-1. He retired from professional MMA in 2019
Wins by KO/TKOs:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
- 170 lb / 77 kg
- Welterweight (2009-2016,2019-present)
- 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:
|Loss||19-2 (1)||Demian Maia||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night 162: Maia vs Askren||October 26, 2019|
|Loss||19–1 (1)||Jorge Masvidal||KO (flying knee)||UFC 239||July 6, 2019|
|Win||19–0 (1)||Robbie Lawler||Technical Submission (bulldog choke)||UFC 235||March 2, 2019|
|Win||18–0 (1)||Shinya Aoki||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship 62: Immortal Pursuit||November 24, 2017|
|Win||17–0 (1)||Zebaztian Kadestam||TKO (punches)||ONE Championship 58: Shanghai||September 2, 2017|
|Win||16–0 (1)||Agilan Thani||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ONE Championship 54: Dynasty of Heroes||May 26, 2017|
|Win||15–0 (1)||Nikolay Aleksakhin||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship 41: Global Rivals||April 15, 2016|
|NC||14–0 (1)||Luis Santos||NC (accidental eye poke)||ONE Championship 26: Valor of Champions||April 24, 2015|
|Win||14–0||Nobutatsu Suzuki||TKO (punches)||ONE FC 19: Reign of Champions||August 29, 2014|
|Win||13–0||Bakhtiyar Abbasov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ONE FC 16: Honor and Glory||May 30, 2014|
|Win||12–0||Andrey Koreshkov||TKO (punches)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013|
|Win||11–0||Karl Amoussou||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013|
|Win||10–0||Douglas Lima||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 64||April 6, 2012|
|Win||9–0||Jay Hieron||Decision (split)||Bellator 56||October 29, 2011|
|Win||8–0||Nick Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 40||April 9, 2011|
|Win||7–0||Lyman Good||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 33||October 21, 2010|
|Win||6–0||Dan Hornbuckle||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 22||June 17, 2010|
|Win||5–0||Ryan Thomas||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 19||May 20, 2010|
|Win||4–0||Ryan Thomas||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 14||April 15, 2010|
|Win||3–0||Matt Delanoit||Submission (north-south choke)||Max Fights DM: Ballroom Brawl||August 28, 2009|
|Win||2–0||Mitchell Harris||Submission (reverse arm-triangle choke)||Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 2||April 25, 2009|
|Win||1–0||Josh Flowers||TKO (punches)||Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act||February 7, 2009|