Ben Askren announces retirement from MMA
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Former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (19-2, 1 NC) officially announced his retirement.
The fighter stated that in his interview to famous journalist Ariel Helwani. According to Askren, he decided to leave the sport after doctors informed him that he needed a hip injury that would probably prevent him from performing effectively.
“I'm retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts, and frankly, I'm retiring from everything,” Askren says. “I've been having hip problems and I finally had the discussion with my doctor. I actually got the MRI before my last fight and I need a hip replacement. So, man, that's it for me. I’ve been thinking about this for a week and kind of what I was going to say. Really I’ve just been filled with gratitude for how great of a career I’ve been able to have, even though in the end it did not turn out to go my way.”
Ben Askren had a chance to perform in the best promotions of the world and earned welterweight championship belts in Bellator and ONE Championship. Askren defeated such eminent fighters as Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Shinya Aoki, and Lyman Good.
He was signed to the UFC in 2018 as part of the historical deal between the UFC and ONE Championship when Askren was exchanged for former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. He had three fights inside of the Octagon: he secured a controversial win over Robbie Lawler by submission, then he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal 5 seconds into the fight, and then he was defeated by Demian Maia via submission.