Ben Askren believes he’s the best, and has a legitimate argument to support that statement. A former collegiate wrestling hero, Askren finished his last 2 seasons at the University of Missouri on an 87 match win streak.
Now fighting with an 18-0 undefeated record in MMA, at age 34, Askren is grateful for this opportunity and believes that he is finally on the correct stage to prove that he’s the best:
“It’s awesome to now have the opportunity to fight the guys that are ranked highly. I’m ecstatic for it.
“This is my one opportunity to prove I’m the best in the world. I thought I was one of the best in the world at wrestling and I obviously failed at that one opportunity (Olympics)…so this will be another chance, and I’m probably not getting any more after this. This is probably it.”
Askren will face off against former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler. Lawler is a veteran, debuting back in 2002 at UFC 37, and is thought to be a very difficult style matchup for Askren. Regardless of Lawler’s known ability to defend against takedown’s, Askren does not plan to change his identity in this fight:
“I’m going to be me, right? I’m a wrestler, that’s what I do. I am going to go across that cage, I’m going to try to grab you, I’m going to try to put you on the ground, I’m going to beat you up, and I’m going to keep coming at you for 15 minutes.”
Source: ESPN MMA Brett Okamota