Why Jordan Burroughs Belongs in the UFC

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Jordan Burroughs has been in the headlines as of late after he had shut out UFC Welterweight Ben Askren 11-0 in 2 rounds of a charity wrestling match. The event was highly anticipated and once it arrived, Burroughs shocked and got the attention of many with his performance over the UFC star.

Burroughs, who had started to wrestle at the age of 5, was a late bloomer when it came to the sport. He attended and competed for the University of Nebraska where he was a 3-time All-American and also a 2-time undefeated National Champion for NCAA Division I.

Throughout his college career, Burroughs amassed a record of 128-20. In two of his younger years, he went undefeated. As a senior, Burroughs suffered an injury and was sidelined for the entire season. He eventually returned the following year and earned the Hodge Trophy.

At the age of 30, Burroughs has 16 gold medals that also includes one at the Olympics. His overall record totals up to 78-5.

Burroughs wouldn’t be the first to start an MMA career at the age of 30. Others such as Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and Middleweight Yoel Romero have undergone a similar route.

If Burroughs decides to try out a career with the UFC, it would be easy to make weight at 155 lbs for the Welterweight division; the same division that has Askren in it.

The Welterweight division is stacked with talents in Tyron Woodley, the current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, and the former interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington as well.

Photo Credits: The Open Mat, WIN Magazine, Zimbio

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