If wrestling star Jordan Burroughs wants to start a career in mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will open its door for him.
Dubbed as the greatest college wrestler of all-time, Jordan Burroughs collected 128 wins for the University of Nebraska and won the NCAA Division I national championship twice.
Burroughs also took home the Dan Hodge Trophy for being the most outstanding college wrestler.
His biggest achievements in his amateur career to date were his four golds at the World Championships and a podium finish at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Last Monday night, Burroughs saw actions at the Beat The Streets charity event, where he faced UFC newcomer, Ben Askren.
Just like Burroughs, Askren also had a great wrestling career during his college years.
Known for his unconventional style, Askren captured the 174-pound championship in 2006 and 2007 before capping his NCAA career with a 153-8 win-loss record.
Askren did not hesitate to face Burroughs in an exhibition though the odds are stacked against his favour.
It’s happening! On May 6th we settle it. You can’t scramble out of a double leg. pic.twitter.com/KSgIf6VwVz
— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 10, 2019
White Wants Burroughs In The UFC
Burroughs was too much to handle for Askren in their wrestling match at the Madison Square Garden in New York last Monday.
The four-time world champion dominated Askren, 11-0, and secured the win via technical fall.
Though he has had massive success in the mats, Burroughs is not shutting down the possibility of taking his talents in the cage.
As for UFC president Dana White? He said that Burroughs would be a welcome addition to the UFC roster should he opt to do a crossover to MMA.
“Yeah, listen, I’m always interested in, you know, these guys that are considered the best athletes in the world in whatever it is they do wanting to come to the UFC,” said White at The Jim Rome Show, per MMA Fighting.
“Yeah, obviously I’d be very interested.”
White also shared that his relationship with wrestling standout, Askren, has improved since he joined the promotion.
“Askren is a very interesting guy.”
“He and I have a long history of smack talk between us, and then he retired and was interested in coming into the UFC, and I think timing is everything, and the timing was right for him to come, and he’s been fun since he’s been here.”
Watch Burroughs winning moment against Askren in the video below:
He's a GOAT for a reason.
Jordan Burroughs leaves no doubt over Ben Askren. pic.twitter.com/OK7Bif5rip
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) May 7, 2019
Check out the Beat The Streets: Grappling At The Garden Full Results (via nj.com):
122 pounds: Valentina Bailon (New York) pin. Elleny Seda (New York), 12-11 3:22.
138 pounds: JoJo Aragona (New Jersey) pin. Adam Busiello (New York), 6-0 4:06.
57 kilograms: Jack Mueller (Virginia) def. Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), 10-0 2:29.
62 kilograms: Mallory Velte (Team USA) def. Linda Morais (Canada), 10-0 1:32.
70 kilograms: James Green (Team USA) def. Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers), 8-4 6:00.
97 kilograms: Kyle Snyder (Team USA) def. Nishan Randhawa (Canada), 15-1 2:57.
125 kilograms: Nick Gwiazdowski (Team USA) def. Derek White (Oklahoma State), 9-0 6:00.
57 kilograms: Becka Leathers (Team USA) def. Diana Weicker (Canada), 10-6 6:00.
61 kilograms: Nick Suriano (Rutgers) def. Joe Colon (Team USA), 3-1 6:00.
86 kilograms: Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) def. David Taylor (Team USA), INJ 0:31.
92 kilograms: J’den Cox (Team USA) def. Patrick Brucki (Princeton), 13-0 0:58.
65 kilograms: Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) def. Bajrung Punia (India), 10-8 6:00.
79 kilograms: Jordan Burroughs (Team USA) def. Ben Askren (UFC), 11-0 3:16.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Jordan Burroughs and YouTube/UFC)