Ben Askren, an American retired MMA fighter & Olympic wrestler fought professionally from 2009- 2019. The 5 ft. 10 inches tall fighter after transiting from wrestling to MMA, had his stints at Bellator & UFC, fought against Lyman Good, Nobutatsu Suzuki & Robbie Lawler.
The former ONE Welterweight and Bellator Welterweight Champion record 22 bouts, winning 19 (6 via KO) & losing 2. Moreover, Askren represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games & but lost to Cuban fighter Ivan Fundora later.
Net Worth In 2020: How Much He Earned From UFC?
Considered one of the best American fighters, the pro wrestler turned MMA fighter, Ben Askren indeed got his hands in notable titles including Bellator Welterweight as well as a hefty sum of money.
According to online sources, Askren has a net worth of $1.7 million as of February 2020- mostly earned through bouts but also endorsements aided in the fortune growth.
The University of Missouri alum started his career through collegiate wrestling & then joined MMA in 2009. There, he fought in Bellator & One Championship until 2017– retired after victory over Shinya Aoki.
On November 3, 2018, he joined the UFC under the UFC President Dana White’s direction & had 3 bouts, before announcing fighting career retirement in late 2019.
During his career at UFC where Bruce Buffer works as announcer & Joe Rogan serves as a commentator, Ben made total career earnings of $830,500 from just 3 fights- won 1 & lost 2 fights in a row. Here is the break-down of his earnings from bouts:
|Robbie Lawler (win)||UFC 235 (March 2, 2019)||$353,000 ($250,000 for fight, $150,000 win bonus & $3,500 fight week incentive pay)|
|Jorge Masvidal (loss)||UFC 239 (July 6, 2019)||$213,500 ($210,00 for fight & $3,500 for fight week incentive)|
|Demian Maia (loss)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren (October 26, 2019)||$263,500 ($210,000 for show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus & $3,500 fight week incentive)|
Did you know? Ben received the fastest knockout in UFC history (5 seconds) at defeat against Jorge Masvidal on July 6, 2019- the first-ever defeat after 20 straight wins.
What Does Ben Askren Do Currently?
After a post-fight career, 35-year-old Ben currently works as co-host for weekly wrestling podcasts like The Funky & FRB Show and The T-Row & Funky Show.
Moreover, he works as a wrestling coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee.
Wrestling Career In College & Performance In Olympics
The 2-time State Champion in wresting while in Arrowhead High School, Ben, wrestled as an amateur for the University of Missouri. In addition to that, he also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Arizona State University.
While in collegiate wrestling, he competed in 174 lbs for 4 years (2004- 2008), recording 153-8, which includes 91 victories by the way of fall.
After consecutive losses in 2004 & 2005 to Chris Pendleton in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, the Arizona native later made applaudable consecutive victories in 2006 & 2007.
Following his college career, Ben Askren went to compete in the 2008 Olympics representing the USA- he got a selection to Olympics after defeating national runner-up Tyrone Lewis for 2 consecutive times.
Finished 6th In 2008 Olympics
Askren was the second alum from the University of Missouri to compete in Olympics since Sammie Henson, who won a silver medal for the USA in 2000.
In 74 kg division wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ben defeated Hungarian István Veréb via pin in the first round (August 12, 2008). However, he lost to Cuban Ivan Fundora finishing 6th in the competition.
Is Former ‘Bellator’ And ‘ONE Welterweight’ Champion: Defended Both Titles For 4 Times
Ben Askren joined MMA in early 2009 and made his debut against Josh Flowers on February 7, held by Headhunter Production, where he turned victorious after a TKO in the first round.
The 2009 FILA 2° World Grappling Champion & gold medalist in grappling, then took interest in Bellator Fighting Championship (Season 2), winning the debut against Ryan Thomas at Bellator 14 (April 15, 2010).
At Bellator 33 (October 21, 2010), he won the Bellator Welterweight World Championship defeating then-reigning champ Lyman Goodman.
Further, Ben defended his Bellator title 4 times: against Jay Hieron (at Bellator 56), Douglas Lima (at Bellator 64), Karl Amoussou (at Bellator 86) and Andrey Koreshkov (at Bellator 97). In November 2013, Askren was released after negotiation & vacated the belt.
Thereafter, the MMA fighter signed with ONE Championship on December 9, 2013, on a 2 year/6 fight contract.
Ben won over Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC 19: Reign of Champions (August 29, 2014) and gained his ONE Welterweight Championship.
He defended the ONE Championship title 4 times later before he vacated it following his first retirement in 2017.
- Luis Santos- at ONE Championship 26: Valor of Champions (April 24, 2015)
- Agilan Thani- at ONE Championship 54: Dynasty of Heroes (May 26, 2017)
- Zebaztian Kadestam- at ONE Championship 58: Shanghai (September 2, 2017)
- Shinya Aoki- at ONE Championship 62: Immortal Pursuit (November 24, 2017)
Ben Askren Is Father Of 3 With Wife Of 9 Years
Ben Askren enjoys blissful married life with his wife Amy Askren; they exchanged vows in 2010 & are together ever since. Together, they share 3 children- 2 daughters & 1 son, however, remains low-key about detail disclosure of his kids.
An avid user of Instagram & Twitter, the retired MMA fighter has over 604K followers & 304.8K followers as of February 2020.
Sponsored by Discraft, Ben is also seen promoting Rudis footwear on his social media. As per Influencer Marketing Hub, his Instagram account-has engagement rate of 1.13%, can earn him $1,803 – $3,005 per sponsored post.
How Old Is Ben Askren In 2020?
Ben Askren was born on July 18, 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, the USA. As of February 2020, he is 35 years old.