Saw on AOL Sports that Missouri Wrestling monster Ben Askren plans to become a professional MMA fighter.
Does one of those names not sound quite as familiar as the other three?
Durant and Oden have signed on to make NBA millions, and Smith will soon be making NFL hundreds of thousands, but Askren now works as a volunteer coach at Missouri. But I just saw Askren on ESPNews, and I came away impressed. So let me tell you a little about him: He's a four-time All-American, went 42-0 last season, and is a two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy, the wrestling equivalent of the Heisman.
And my favorite thing about him is that he said that while he knows he can't equal the professional careers of Durant, Oden and Smith (well, maybe he can equal Smith), he does plan to turn professional. It's just that he'll turn professional in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which he says he has his eyes on for the future.
Here's a little highlight reel. This guy could become the American Shinya Aoki.