MMA coach and former competitor who has been Francis Ngannou's coach and mentor since 2013. He is the founder and director of MMA Factory in Paris, and an ambassador for Reebok, Be Foo and Foodspring.
After immigrating to France when he was 19, he played rugby professionally while studying at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance. In his early 20's, he joined Mathieu Nicourt's Free Fight Academy.
He was severely bullied when he was a child. He began studying taekwando and judo in order to defend himself.
His mother was a high school teacher and his father was a college professor. He has two daughters.
Ben Askren has trained at MMA Factory in Paris.