Ben Askren has named the five most effective MMA wrestlers in the UFC, citing a mixture of past and present within those he sees as the elite in the sport.
Askren has been nothing short of a revelation since joining the UFC. Despite having only fought once, his UFC 235 promotional debut against Robbie Lawler, he has become one of the sport’s biggest stars.
For his entire career, Ben has been seen as one of, if not the best pure wrestler in the sport of MMA – a technical master whose approach inside the cage mirrors the old-school styling of an early specialist.
Of course, the famed former-Olympian was not allowed to name himself with the discussion but from his picks, we managed to gain an insight into the fighters that Askren holds in high esteem.
Some of the emissions were interesting, for sure, but all in all, the #5-ranked welterweight on the planet was able to come through with a list that combines the old and the new for a top-5 that few could really argue with.
— UFC (@ufc) May 14, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena