Ben Askren shifts focus from MMA to victims of Joplin tornado

October 13, 2011 | 7:26 p.m. CDT
Ben Askren, left, fights Nick Thompson during a match on April 9. The former Missouri wrestler and Olympian visited Joplin shortly after the May tornado and was moved to act by what he witnessed. Askren helped secure 300 free tickets for residents of Joplin to an MMA event on Oct. 8. "I just thought that maybe I could do something small and something nice," Askren said.

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