After an unsuccessful run in the welterweight division, Ben Askren has announced that he plans on retiring. The announcement came on Ariel Helwani’s show on ESPN:
“I’m retired from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and frankly I’m retired from everything.”
“I’ve been having hip problems and I finally had the discussion with my doctor. I actually had the MRI before my last fight, and I need a hip replacement.”
A former Bellator and One welterweight Champion, Askren retires with a 19-2 MMA record. The 35 year old was 1-2 in his UFC career with his lone win in a controversial submission victory over former champion Robbie Lawler.
“Obviously I’ve known of these hip issues for awhile and I never brought them up for a reason. I don’t want people to think that I’m using this as a reason for why I lost. I lost cause I wasn’t good enough. Plain and simple. My opponents beat me; they were better me.”
Askren is coming off of a submission lost via Rear Naked Choke to Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night in Singapore. Previously, he lost via knockout to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 in the fastest knockout in UFC History (5 seconds).
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