Big Wrestling Match Jordan Burroughs VS Ben Askren

Big wrestling match Jordan Burroughs VS Ben Askren

Lulu Cuevas

Staff Writer


On May 6th the biggest match in the wrestling tournament, Beat The Streets, came down to Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Ben Askren, an MMA star. This was the most hyped up wrestling match in the tournament besides when Yianni Diakomihalis, a wrestler for Cornell University, beat number one ranked world wrestler, Punia Bajrang. Over 5,000 people showed up to watch the Burroughs vs Askren live in the Hulu Theater in the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York.

Burroughs  set the tone in the opening moments of the match, shooting in on a single-leg takedown and driving Askren off the elevated mat  onto the floor. He then went back in and hit a head-and-chest double leg to lead 5-0 after the first minute. After the first round Burroughs led 9-0. And by the second period he had another takedown increasing his lead to 11-0, giving Jordan the win from a technical fall.

As for Ben Askren, with this  match behind him, he looked to improve his record. Askren, who’s undefeated in MMA and made his UFC debut when he fought Robbie Lawler, can now focus solely on his upcoming fight with Jorge Masvidal on July 6 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.  The victor will  move on to face the winner of Usman vs. Covington at the end of the year. Following Burrough’s last match, UFC president Dana White expressed his interest in Jordan Burroughs because he beat Ben Askren. Earlier, the president of UFC Dana White went on the Jim Rome Show and said that he is very interested in Burroughs because he had Askren come in to UFC after retiring from Olympic wrestling and he was a success. He suggested that it would be good for Burroughs to join the UFC once he retires from wrestling.


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