On May 6, 2019, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden will host Beat The Streets: Grapple at the Garden, where former 2012 Olympic Wrestling Gold Medalist, two-time NCAA National Champion and Five-time World Champion, Jordon Burroughs will headline against former 2008 Olympian, two-time NCAA National Champion, four-time NCAA National finalist, and Undefeated UFC (MMA) star, Ben Askren.
My MMA News reporter Kyle Carroll caught up with Jordan Burroughs to discuss his partnership with HowUDish app and the former cornhuskers’ upcoming wrestling match against Ben Askren.
Burroughs was excited to discuss the app that allows individuals to choose a diet of a professional athlete and follow along in real time. Being a wrestler, a strict diet is an important part of the Olympic champion’s lifestyle. He explained how using the app, HowUDish allows him to find restaurants which cater to his diet. Having an app that provides a feature where it locates restaurants to your current location helps Burroughs stick to his diet, as he explains in the interview. HowUDish can be downloaded in the Apple and Google Play store.
The New Jersey native expressed his excitement about the challenge of Ben Askren in this wrestling match at the most historic arena in the world. While the Wisconsin native, Askren prepares for a UFC fight against at Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239, Burroughs makes it clear he’s not coming off the “couch” to wrestle Askren. The five-time World Wrestling Champion keeps active with nearly a tournament every month. Before he steps onto the mat with “Funky” Ben Askren, he’ll be traveling to South America to wrestle in the Pan Am Championships in Argentina.
In the interview, Burroughs also discusses his desire to open a performance center for all levels of wrestling in New Jersey, and has zero plans of becoming an NCAA wrestling coach.
This is an interesting match up for many reasons. Besides the obvious of two former NCAA wrestling competing, whom have a combined four national titles between them, their styles clash. Askren, a former Missouri Tiger, is known for his funky style of wrestling. Capable of scoring a takedown from any position, deceptively strong, extremely flexible, and has scored a take down while standing on his head. Burroughs, a very technical wrestler, fast, strong, possess a blast-double no one can defend, held an improbable 69-match win streak at the senior level, Olympic champion, four-time World Champion, and owns wins against Isaiah Martinez, David Taylor, Andrew Howe and Kyle Dake.
This should be an interesting matchup, though Askren as never strayed far from his wrestling roots while successfully building a 19-0, 1 No Contest, record in mixed martial arts; Burroughs has made a living as one of America’s most decorated wrestlers. A win over Askren would just add the already amazing legacy of Jordan Burroughs.
Listen to My MMA News’ full interview with Jordan Burroughs below:
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).