Ben Askren (19-2, 1 NC) has announced his retirement from MMA today (Nov. 19 AEST) at the Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. Former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion said he needs hip replacement surgery, which forces him to hang up his gloves.
“I’m retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts, and frankly I’m retiring from everything. I’ve been having hip problems, and I finally had the discussion with my doctor, and I actually got the MRI before my last fight and I need a hip replacement,” Ben Askren said.
“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.”
"I'm retired from the sport of mixed martial arts and frankly, I'm retired from everything."@Benaskren cites needing a hip replacement as a factor in his retirement (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/OZLG2ZDTBj
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 18, 2019
Askren made his UFC debut this past March, scoring the win by submission in the first round against Robbie Lawler. In his previous bout “Funky” suffered the defeat by submission in the third round against Damian Maia. Before that he was stopped five seconds in the opening round by Jorge Masvidal.
“And I want to say this up front. Obviously I’ve known these hip issues for a while, and I never brought them up for a reason, because I don’t want people to think I’m using this as a reason why I lost. I lost because I wasn’t good enough. Plain and simple.”
“My opponents beat me and they were better than me. I want that said out there. These hip issues for me are totally separate. I lost because I wasn’t good enough. These obviously seems like excuses, but I do not want them viewed in that light,” he said.
Over the course of his career former Olympic wrestle Ben Askren defeated Shinya Aoki, Zebaztian Kadestam, Douglas Lima, among others.