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Midnight Mania! Jordan Burroughs wipes wrestling mat with Ben Askren

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Jordan Burroughs destroyed Ben Askren on the wrestling mats today, winning by technical fall when he piled up an 11-0 lead. Burroughs, 30, was a two-time collegiate champion and a 2016 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling. Askren, 35, was also a two-time national collegiate champion, compiling an impressive 153-8 record. Burroughs is known for his incredible blast double, while Askren had a unique style of defense that led to his enduring nickname, “Funky.”

The pair had been trash talking on social media leading up to the bout, which took place at Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. It was part of Beat the Streets “Grapple at the Garden” event. Burroughs set the tone early, grabbing a single-leg and driving Askren clean off the elevated mat, to the floor. He quickly hit a double-leg to go up 5-0 in the opening minute, and it didn’t get better for ‘Funky’ from there. Commentator Mark Bader didn’t even wait for the match to be over before giving his assessment, via

What we’ve learned so far is that Jordan Burroughs is a better wrestler than Ben Askren. Which I think we already knew.

Askren now returns his focus to mixed martial arts (MMA), where he is scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019. He won his first UFC bout against Robbie Lawler in controversial fashion. Lawler dumped him on his head early and unloaded ferocious ground-and-pound. Askren survived, eventually took down Lawler, and grabbed a bulldog choke as “Ruthless” tried to stand. Despite Lawler giving a thumbs up, referee Herb Dean thought he was out and stopped the fight prematurely, awarding Askren the win. Against Masvidal, Askren will attempt to prove that this was not a fluke victory.


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Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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