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Old 10-27-2010, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Askren promises to improve his striking after recently winning gold

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Wit...h-Better-27702

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Ben Askren delivered a dominant wrestling performance Thursday en route to winning the Bellator welterweight title. Now he wants to develop a striking game that would help him finish opponents like former champ Lyman Good, who battled him for the full 25 minutes.

“I’ve only been punching stuff for about a year. Literally,” said Askren, who wrestled in the 2008 Olympics. “I didn’t start boxing or hitting anything until September of 2009. I heard [Good’s] corner taunting me with, ‘He punches like a girl.’ Maybe I do now, but I ain’t always going to punch like a girl. There’s a lot of places that I can get better. I can punch harder. I can finish better on top.”

Askren repeatedly passed into mount, but he couldn’t put Good away. He tried an arm-triangle choke in the first that Good used to reverse position. Through the later rounds Askren chose to pepper his opponent from mount rather than risk losing position.

“It may not be the most exciting strategy, but it’s a solid strategy,” Askren said. “I was landing blows and staying busy.”

At one point in the fourth round, though, referee Kevin Mulhall stepped in while Askren had mount and restarted the fight on the feet. Askren said he’d never seen a fighter stood up from mount.

“If you’re active, they’re not supposed to stand you up, especially in such a dominant position,” Askren said. “I didn’t really understand that, but you can’t take a second to dwell on that. … I got back up and said, ‘OK, gotta take him down again.’ Didn’t really dwell on it at all.”

The takedowns were there for Askren all night long. Even if Good stopped the initial drive, he couldn’t prevent the follow-ups. Still, Good fought to the end and nearly stole the fight. With less than two minutes remaining, he drilled Askren with an upkick and squeezed a triangle choke on the stunned fighter. Askren eventually escaped.

“The upkick didn’t really hurt at all, but the triangle was close,” Askren acknowledged. “It was fairly tight, but I just kept fighting. I knew I wasn’t going to tap. That just wasn’t going to happen.”

The kick looked like it hurt. By the end of the fight, Askren’s face was bruised and swollen. He might not have finished his opponent, but the 26-year-old relative newcomer to MMA had earned 25 minutes’ worth of valuable experience.

“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” Askren said. “I knew one time in my career I’d have to go the full five rounds and show people what kind of heart I had. I’m just glad people got to see that I got heart. Didn’t I tell them I won’t stop?”
It's evident that this guy has phenomenal wrestling/grappling, but man, talk about a 1-dimensional fighter. I really hope he improves his stand-up game, if he does - I can see him being a force in the UFC's WW division, seeing that he's probably the best wrestler @ WW in the world (perhaps the best in MMA).
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Askren is 1 of my favorite Up-and-comers . his Wrestling transition beautiful to mma - he really mix TD from shooting and Clinch well , and his Top control and Submission Defense are really good . I know that he trained with jake Shields a few times , so i really hope he will go to their gym and start working on his Offensive bjj and striking . i think amazingathlete like him will pick those aspects of the game pretty well - and i expect to see him in ufc in year or 2 and being top 5 WW in few years .
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hate...HATE watching completely one dimensional fighters. A one dimensional striker will at least be somewhat exciting sometimes. But, as they say, one dimensional is OK as long as you are AMAZING at that dimension, and Askren put on a friggen wrestling and takedown CLINIC in that fight.

I am really looking forward to watching what he can do with some more striking training. He could be a monster.
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Askren with good/great striking could become an even better Jake Shields. And Jake Shields is very good.
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Askren is a very interesting fighter. I like the way he has fought really smart so far in his MMA career. He took the fights where his stregth is. Nothing wrong in that.
Expressing his desire to improve his striking, it's a good news though.

He could become a scary fighter.
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Well I'm always excited to watch him fight now, imagine when he does become well-rounded. He's gonna be a hell of a force (even moreso than now anyway).

By the way - there should be a Bellator section in here!
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By the way - there should be a Bellator section in here!
Yeh, hopefully once they merge the WEC into UFC, they can put up a Bellator section at the same time.
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Yeh, hopefully once they merge the WEC into UFC, they can put up a Bellator section at the same time.
Nice idea actually ...
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I loath Askren... you can count on him to win by "Dominant Positioning" or "control" with smatterings of takedowns.... yay for watching a dry hump fest!

At one point Sherk was "Mr.Lay & Pray"... but Askren certainly wins this title hands down.
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