Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs proved too much for UFC welterweight Ben Askren during their showcase wrestling bout at “Beat the Streets” in New York on Monday.
Burroughs, who was the favourite heading into the bout against Askren, a highly decorated wrestler himself, completely dominated his opponent with an 11-0 shutout to win the match by technical fall just moments into the second period.
Askren is a former two-time NCAA champion but struggled against the younger Burroughs who emphatically sealed the win with a quick takedown.
He's a GOAT for a reason.
Jordan Burroughs leaves no doubt over Ben Askren. pic.twitter.com/OK7Bif5rip
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) May 7, 2019
Speaking to Pundit Arena before the bout, Burroughs outlined his confidence in his abilities predicting that he would have a “pretty strong advantage”
“I think that he’s a competitor and he wants to elevate his brand at any moment he gets an opportunity to. He was leaving the sport as I was just entering the sport. When he was an Olympian in 2008, I was just finishing up my sophomore year of college.
“He was a guy who I had watched throughout my college career. He was an icon. He was outgoing, charismatic, and a great wrestler.
“But when he left the sport, I took over.
“He doesn’t train wrestling exclusively now. I’m training only wrestling right now. I have a pretty strong advantage.”
Burroughs even managed to send Askren flying into the crowd at one stage in what proved to be a dominant victory for the Olympic gold medallist.
Askren’s attention must now turn to his upcoming bout with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 as he looks to add another victory to his embryonic career in the organisation.