When it comes to wrestling credentials in MMA, Bellator welterweight champion and former Olympian Ben Askren (11-0) is right near the top of the pile. Before reaching the 2008 Olympics as a freestyle wrestler, Askren compiled a scarcely believable 153-8 collegiate record. He won two NCAA Division 1 national championships out of Missouri and finished his college career with an 87-match winning streak. After the disappointment of the Olympics, "Funky" went on to win gold in the 185lb division of the freestyle wrestling world championships the next year. Now three Bellator title defenses down, Askren told MMA Junkie Radio he thinks he has the wrestling to beat UFC champion Georges St Pierre (24-2) at his own game.
"(St Pierre) has lost a lot of that killer instinct he had when he was a lot younger. Obviously, I know that's tough to maintain when you are at such a high level for so long. I just think his title's there for the taking, when someone goes in there, you know, has a good, solid wrestling background and is willing to fight hard ... I think Johny (Hendricks) has got a better shot than anyone in a very long time. I think a lot of the more recent challengers to GSP, you know, I would have been happy if Nick Diaz would have won, that would have been hilarious. But, in all realness, the chances of him winning I thought were very, very slim ... GSP does have great timing on the double leg, there's no denying that. I think obviously, if we fought, I would create scrambles that I would win. The other thing we thought, and I know (Firas) Zahabi's making excuses, but he got tired, he got really tired in the third, fourth and fifth rounds against Nick Diaz. But Diaz just doesn't have the power to put GSP on his butt or put the pressure on or the pressure when he's already been taken down. Diaz just didn't have the skills that he needed to beat him."
From MMA Lives Here