MMA Live: 12-10-09

Miguel Torres joins the MMA Live panel as the crew offers up a preview of UFC 107, headlined by the lightweight title fight between the champion B.J. Penn and No. 1 contender Diego Sanchez. Dan Henderson discusses his decision to sign with Strikeforce, and 2008 U.S. olympian Ben Askren talks about his new deal with … Read more

Bellator Fighting Championships signs U.S. Olympian and NCAA champion Ben Askren

Photo by ProMMA.info - Ben Askren was at the Strikeforce show in St. Louis back in June.
Photo by ProMMA.info - Ben Askren was at the Strikeforce show in St. Louis back in June.

CHICAGO (December 9, 2009) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced Wednesday the signing of highly touted MMA prospect Ben Askren to an exclusive long-term agreement.

Askren is a U.S. Olympian who competed in the 2008 Beijing Games in freestyle wrestling. While wrestling at the collegiate level at the University of Missouri, Askren won two NCAA Division I titles. Since announcing his plans to cross over into professional mixed martial arts after the conclusion of the Beijing Games, Askren has been one of the most sought-after free agents in the sport.

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‘Patriot Act’ videos including Ben Askren’s pro MMA debut & Din Thomas

Former Olympic wrestler, Ben Askren, made his professional MMA debut at HEADHUNTER PRODUCTIONS: PATRIOT ACT in Columbia, Missouri on Feb. 7, 2009. He fought Josh Flowers in a 170 lbs (welterweight) bout.

Din Thomas vs. Dustin Piekin after the jump…

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Ben Askren wins pro debut at Headhunter Productions ‘Patriot Act’ – full results

HEADHUNTER PRODUCTIONS: THE PATRIOT ACT went down last night, Saturday, February 7 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. The card featured a number of representatives from The Hit Squad and American Top Team as well as dual main events featuring Din Thomas and the pro debut of Ben Askren.

Ben Askren was a U.S. Olympic and former University of Missouri wrestler who finished his collegiate career with a record of 153-8, with 91 of those victories coming by way of fall. Those 91 pins put him at third on the all-time NCAA Division I pins list. He was also a four-time All American and two-time NCAA Champion. He made a victorious professional segway into MMA last night.

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Olympic wrestler Ben Askren to make MMA debut

by:  Jack Bratcher

Add Ben Askren as the next Olympian to make the move to mixed martial arts.  Now training with American Top Team, he is expected to make his official debut in early 2009.

The University of Missouri alumnus was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA wrestling champion, ending his collegiate career with 87 straight wins and back-to-back undefeated seasons.

During his time at Missouri, Askren began taking jiu-jitsu and considered competing in MMA however, after winning his division at the U.S. Olympic Trials he found himself in the Beijing Olympics where he advanced to the quarterfinals.

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