Dana White may not have known his name in the heat of cursing out Jake Rossen in his video blog earlier in the week, but everyone, including the UFC President, knows that Ben Askren is one of the best prospects in the sport.
Personally, I think he's at the top of the list.
In my latest piece at Heavy.com, the 10 for '10 Series that began yesterday with the 10 fights I want to see in 2010 continues with a look at my picks for the best up-and-comers in the business, and Askren tops that list:
Yes, his gigantic mess of curly hair may make him look a little off, but his credentials are outstanding: two-time National Wrestling Champion in the 174-pound weight class, four-time All-American and 153-8 record wrestling at Missouri. He also competed in the 2008 Olympics, losing the quarterfinals.
Since then, Askren has made MMA his focus, earning his first three professional wins by stoppage in a combined 4:07. As if that wasn’t reason enough to be hyped up about the kid with the crazy hair his friends call "Funky," some of those friends include the aforementioned members of the Arizona Combat Sports gym, American Top Team and AKA, all places Askren has trained during his brief-but-promising career.
While many will correctly point to fighters like Phil Davis and Jacob McClintock as being a part of the list, others may surprise you.
The only way to find out is to swing by Heavy.com and check out the rest of the list.
Happy 2010 Everyone...