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Ben Askren not buying GSP as MMA's best wrestler

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02:26 PM ET 08.26 | Many fans and mixed martial arts analysts like to harp on the notion that welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is the best wrestler in the sport, but a former member of the United States Olympic wrestling team is not buying it. Ben Askren, who is a free agent and could soon be joining the UFC, spoke about GSP and his wrestling during a recent interview and was clear about his opinion. It is insane to call Georges St-Pierre the best wrestler, especially over his next opponent, Johny Hendricks. We will find out in a few months who is the better wrestler and overall fighter, but until then the discussion will continue.

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August 27, 2013  12:02 PM ET

Everyone says that until they are flat on their back for 75% of the fight and taking a vicious mauling by the Legend. (Cue the video highlights)

Hendricks is a tremendous striker, and an excellent wrestler. But GSP is the best wrestler period. I see the same formula in this one.... jabs to death, takedowns and mauling. 5 round unanimous decision to GSP.

After this, GSP will seek legacy fight against Spider. Held in Dallas in 2015. 100,000 people and hundreds of millions worldwide watching. Then win or lose, I think GSP will hang it up to work in a lucrative position for Dana.

August 27, 2013  03:36 PM ET

GSP is not the best wrestler, he is the best MMA-wrestler. There is a difference. Many of these Olympic level guys would destroy him in a pure wrestling match. It's like Roger Gracie would destroy anyone in his weight class in a pure jiu jits match, but the 'MMA' aspect adds many other dimensions. GSP is definitely the best MMA-wrestler.

Also, he will very likely never fight Silva. Silva walks around well over 220lbs when he's not fighting, and is a much bigger dude than GSP. Wouldn't make sense for that to be his (GPS's) retirement fight, unless he did it purely for a giant final pay day. But with the money he's amassed in this promotion, plus his sponsors, products, and whatever likely gig he'll get in the UFC/MMA world post-fight career, he doesn't need to go out like that. Too much to lose, not enough to gain.

August 27, 2013  03:38 PM ET

GSP is not the best wrestler, he is the best MMA-wrestler. There is a difference. Many of these Olympic level guys would destroy him in a pure wrestling match. It's like Roger Gracie would destroy anyone in his weight class in a pure jiu jits match, but the 'MMA' aspect adds many other dimensions. GSP is definitely the best MMA-wrestler.

Also, he will very likely never fight Silva. Silva walks around well over 220lbs when he's not fighting, and is a much bigger dude than GSP. Wouldn't make sense for that to be his (GPS's) retirement fight, unless he did it purely for a giant final pay day. But with the money he's amassed in this promotion, plus his sponsors, products, and whatever likely gig he'll get in the UFC/MMA world post-fight career, he doesn't need to go out like that. Too much to lose, not enough to gain.

August 27, 2013  03:39 PM ET

Double post for the win! (d@mn slow connection!)

August 27, 2013  06:10 PM ET

The best MMA wrestler is Ben Askren.

 
August 28, 2013  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The best MMA wrestler is Ben Askren.

Based on his 12 wins in a promotion versus sub-par opponents (compared to UFC talent that GSP has fought)?

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