Former Bellator welterweight champion and undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ben Askren thinks it's "insane" that some pundits believe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pound kingpin Georges St-Pierre is the best wrestler in combat sports.
While "Rush" has been known to out-wrestle collegiate wrestlers inside the cage, he's never faced the caliber of a mat technician like Askren, who is not the kind of athlete to rest on his laurels. That said, "Funky" was recently paired off against two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American out of Penn State in Quentin Wright.
It wasn't even close.
Askren dominated their AGON 1 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back on Oct. 27, 2013 by a score of 22-8. Not only was he competing nearly 20 pounds above his collegiate weight class, he hasn't seen NCAA competition in over six years, while Wright is just a few months removed from his latest title.
Following the match, Askren called for a future showdown against wrestling super-stud Kyle Dake, who originally turned down a "Funky" face off at AGON 1 earlier this year.
Askren has time to participate in these types of extracurricular activities because he has nowhere to fight. Bellator doesn't want him, yet won't release him to UFC unless the rival promotion promises him an immediate 170-pound title shot against St. Pierre.
Won't happen, but it would certainly put an end to that wrestling debate.