Two of the wrestling world’s most recognizable names will finally compete against one another as Ben Askren vs. Jordan Burroughs is confirmed for the Beat The Streets headliner.
Beat the Streets Wrestling is a non-profit organization funded entirely by charitable contributions made by individuals, businesses, and foundations with the aim of developing the full potential of the urban youth and to strengthen the culture of wrestling in New York City.
Their May 6 show will take place in the iconic New York venue Madison Square Garden – with the headlining showdown set to be contested at 79kg (174lbs).
The news was confirmed by ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday.
Ben Askren vs. Jordan Burroughs is officially signed, according to sources. First time ever. 79 kg. MSG Theater. May 6. Proceeds go to https://t.co/Lukcr5zbSR. (📷 @geoffriccio) pic.twitter.com/vyXBkNPADp
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 10, 2019
For those wondering whether this will impact Ben’s decision to take on UFC welterweight rival Jorge Masvidal in July – this contest will be contested under wrestling rules and – unless Askren sustains an injury – will leave him free to fight on UFC 239.
This is a match that is nothing short of tantalising for fans of wrestling.
Burroughs is a four-time world freestyle wrestling champion, a three-time All American (with two NCAA titles), and represented Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Of course, Askren has made the transition into an unbeaten MMA fighter but in his own days on the mats, he went to the Olympics in 2008 and was a four-time All-American in college (a four-time finalist).
Even if you have no interest in the sport, this is a fantastic spectacle between two all-time greats and a matchup well worth tuning in for on May 6.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena