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.
Hey @Benaskren let’s see what the fans think. Should Ben and I wrestle at this year’s Beat The Streets dual?— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 2, 2019
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.
Ben Askren vs. Jordan Burroughs is officially signed, according to sources. First time ever. 79 kg. MSG Theater. May 6. Proceeds go to https://t.co/Lukcr5zbSR. (? @geoffriccio) pic.twitter.com/vyXBkNPADp— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 10, 2019
Jordan responded to the news with the first online jab.
Doubles > Funk https://t.co/C4sY3IJaOg— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 10, 2019
Askren answered right back with a counterpunch.
Shoot singles, let’s have some fun. https://t.co/g1t4lpC8Sh— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 10, 2019
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.
Nice try, but no one in that room can simulate this kind of speed and power.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 14, 2019
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.
This is when I was asking Ora, should I finish him in the first or the second period? https://t.co/A4HojzAOyu— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) April 26, 2019
Askren shot right back, with a reference to Burroughs' recent close match with Franklin Gomez in the Pan-Am finals.
Which period did you finish Franklin Gomez in? https://t.co/TvRVwfPbO3— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 26, 2019
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.
On my way to NYC. @Benaskren are you scared yet?— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) May 2, 2019
Askren stepped right into the fire and said let's crank it up.
Never met a man I feared. I wasn’t the one who took 4 days to say yes and made demands. I took 30 seconds dude https://t.co/d7W53gWOUx— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 2, 2019
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.
Try me boss ? pic.twitter.com/GDn9hlJbob— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 4, 2019
That's where things stood until a day before the event when Askren landed in New York and got things back up and cracking.
Hey @alliseeisgold just landed in New York. You scared yet?— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 5, 2019
Burroughs replied with a polite offer to do Askren a favor.
I’m actually out this morning at a few stores shopping for my celebration wardrobe for the afterparty. Let me know if you need anything.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) May 5, 2019
Ben pointed out that the offer is mooted by their distinct sartorial preferences.
Lol I don’t wear fancy clothes, man of the people. Jeans, T-shirt and flip flops. How bout dat. https://t.co/IfNYf6crVK— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 5, 2019
Jordan responded with one of his favorite expressions.
Well you know what they say...Look good, feel good, beat Ben Askren.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) May 5, 2019
Then Ben coined what we believe is an entirely new phrase.
I think the saying goes: look good, feel good, get humbled by dumpy looking dad bod. https://t.co/43EVBGAF9k— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 5, 2019
Even after weigh-ins, Ben and Jordan didn't want to stop the party.
I’m a wrestling savant, of course I know what’s coming..... question is can I stop it. https://t.co/u5ceEV6izQ— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 5, 2019
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.