Burroughs & Askren Pull No Punches Online

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Recently, Jordan Burroughs and Ben Askren have engaged in a spirited exchange of ideas on Twitter in anticipation of their Beat the Streets supermatch.

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Burroughs and Askren may be two of the most generous and amenable folks you will ever meet, but behind those affable veneers are the hearts of ferocious competitors. Burroughs and Askren are perhaps two of the most determined and dedicated athletes on planet Earth, as demonstrated by how competitive things can get in the build-up to their one-off bouts.

Burroughs, for instance, is no stranger to the online trash talk game, as evidenced by his back-and-forth with Frank Chamizo leading up to last year's Beat the Streets supermatch. 

The online chatter between Jordan and Ben can be traced back to a Twitter poll Burroughs posted, asking what fans thought of him and Askren mixing it up at Beat the Streets. The results were predictably in favor of it, by an overwhelming majority.

Askren immediately posted as if he thought it was a good idea too. And of course, we were woke on the possibility of the match from the get go. 

A short time later and the match officially official. 

Jordan responded to the news with the first online jab.

Askren answered right back with a counterpunch.

Askren's team tagged Burroughs in a Tweet about some of the early prep Ben was doing for the match in Wisconsin. Jordan was not impressed.

Around this time, amidst all the interviews Askren and Burroughs were doing, Chael Sonnen jumped into the fray, and began mixing it up with Burroughs as well. Jordan, however, quickly moved on to more important things, like winning a Pan-Am gold medal, his fifth. 

Then it was back to the online fun. 

Askren shot right back, with a reference to Burroughs' recent close match with Franklin Gomez in the Pan-Am finals.

As the hype train rolled on, Askren took a sarcastic swipe at Jordan's career accomplishments.

As the match date approach, Burroughs turned up the heat.

Askren stepped right into the fire and said let's crank it up.

Let's make it an inferno even, Ben later declared.

Burroughs, unfazed, proved he could play the gif game too.

They are both adept at posting gifs, it appears.

That's where things stood until a day before the event when Askren landed in New York and got things back up and cracking.

Burroughs replied with a polite offer to do Askren a favor.

Ben pointed out that the offer is mooted by their distinct sartorial preferences.

Jordan responded with one of his favorite expressions.

Then Ben coined what we believe is an entirely new phrase.

Even after weigh-ins, Ben and Jordan didn't want to stop the party.

And that's where things stand. We'll update this article if Ben or Jordan post any additional online jabs, up to that first whistle. 

However, throughout all the trash talk, it's important to remember the meaning and mission of Beat the Streets. Though the competitive spirit may spill over into the realm of social media, at the end of the day, both men respect each other, and are participating in the event for something more than mere personal gain. 

And for that, we should all hold Jordan Burroughs and Ben Askren in the highest esteem. 

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