He'd attend press conferences and media engagements while wearing flip flops. Bellator put on an amazing live show and I was there with MMA journalism creds. "I lost because I wasn't good enough, plain and simple, my opponents beat me, they were better than me. Ref Herb Dean thought Robbie was going to sleep, which is why he stopped the bout so quickly.
The footage from the fight has been reviewed over and over again and honestly, it's difficult to see if the Miletich scrapper was out or not. Even after the setback, though, he thought a win over Maia would put him back on track toward his goal. Perhaps more important than his victories was his ability to connect with the fan base and show class in defeat. "My feelings," he said, "are very, very mixed. See it all by using link in bio, A post shared by Ben Askren (@benaskren) on Oct 23, 2019 at 7:25pm PDT. Askren, 35, gained fame quickly in the UFC, becoming one of the biggest lightning rods in the sport due to his quick wit and willingness to engage anyone in trash talk -- including UFC president Dana White. While his opponents in One FC were landing heavy shots on his noggin, Ben was content to just take them down and put on a grappling clinic. Not too shabby, as a matter of fact. "I've been having hip problems, and I finally had the discussion with my doctor ... and I need a [left] hip replacement," Askren said. Decided to start a crypto podcast!! A former Olympic wrestler in 2008 and two-time NCAA champion at the University of Missouri, Askren had always wanted to ply his trade in the UFC to prove he was the best welterweight in the world. Askren retires with a record of 19 wins, two losses and one no contest. "If there was no hip thing, I would probably not be retiring but I wouldn’t be too far off. In just 13 months with the UFC, Askren became one of the most popular and quotable fighters on the roster. Following a win over Lawler, Askren was close to a UFC welterweight title shot. Now, after suffering his second straight loss on Saturday, the 35-year-old isn't sure if he will continue that pursuit.
https://t.co/E0c1H3P3Pg. Obviously, it was something I was considering...I’ve been having hip problems and I finally had the discussion with my doctor … and I need a hip replacement. The 35-year old, who has suffered consecutive brutal defeats in the UFC at the hands of Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia, revealed the news on Ariel Helwani's MMA show this evening - citing his need for a hip replacement as a key reason in his decision. Ben Askren announces his retirement from mixed martial arts after finding out he needs hip replacement surgery. However, the real reason he is retiring is because of a recurring hip injury that'll require a replacement. "The only thing I came back for was to try to prove I was the best in the world," he said. Ortega, Jung make weight for UFC Fight Night, McGregor says he will fight Poirier on Jan. 23, Sources: Calvillo tests positive, out of UFC 254, Freire to head return of Bellator featherweight GP, Sources: Viral KO star Buckley set for UFC 255, Gane-Delija fight off due to contract dispute, White: Yan vs. Sterling in works for UFC 256, Helwani: It's never easy with Conor McGregor and the UFC, but end result is always worth it, Inside the turbulent journey to Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung, The two lives of Brian Ortega: From menacing streets to UFC stardom, Cyborg chokes out Blencowe, retains Bellator title, The UFC's best nicknames and the stories behind them, Why UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't expect to ever face Tony Ferguson, UFC fighters react to Joaquin Buckley's spectacular KO of Impa Kasanganay on 'Fight Island', MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline.
Personally, I have a sneaking suspicion that some of those more grueling moments in One FC changed Ben for the worse and softened him up a little before coming to the UFC, which was a mixed bag for the MMA fighter. Askren is a former Bellator Welterweight Champion and former ONE Welterweight Champion.
While a lot of keyboard warriors said that Ben was avoiding top competition by not signing with the UFC, the grappler's game evolved. "I got really emotional the other day because I started thinking about all the great experiences I've had, and how lucky I've been to have the amount of success I've had," Askren said. Biography. While his One FC wins were impressive, (even though a lot of the fighters in that promotion don't get a lot of credit), it's important to note that regionally speaking, wrestling just isn't a martial art that is widely practiced in Asia as it is in the U.S. and Russia. Askren held Bellator's welterweight title from 2010 to 2013 and went on to become ONE welterweight champion from 2014 to 2017.
And I want that to be said out there.". Link in bio, hope you enjoy. He joined the UFC a little more than a year ago as a high-profile signing in a trade with the ONE Championship fighting league in exchange for fighter Demetrious Johnson.
He joined the UFC a little more than a year ago as a high-profile signing in a … Askren owns wins over the likes of Lawler, current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima, UFC veteran Lyman Good and Aoki.
Ben's first fight was against Robbie Lawler, the division's former 170lb kingpin and an absolute monster of a pugilist. The problem is, Jorge isn't stupid and knows Ben is going to go for the takedown right away, so he drilled opening the match with a flying knee, over and over again. He retired from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2019. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports. Having made some serious waves, Askren was then involved in the first ever MMA trade deal between One Championship and UFC - with Demetrious Johnson heading in the opposite direction. 2010. "Retirement is definitely something I am considering," he said Monday during an appearance on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, reflecting back to his submission loss to Demian Maia over the weekend in Singapore. Robbie came out like an animal and it looked like he was going to pulverize Askren on multiple scrambles... until Ben got him in a bulldog choke and won via submission. Askren officially announced his retirement to ESPN. Ben was never elegant on the feet and his punches were clearly being thrown to set up takedowns (when he bothered to set them up), but he was getting better at submitting folks and even TKOing them with ground and pound. The UFC sent former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to Asia's ONE in exchange for Askren. MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and Alexander K. Lee break down his legacy. Eddie Alvarez (who went on to win the UFC lightweight title after coughing it up to Conor McGregor) shellacked Roger Huerta. Askren's a die-hard wrestling devotee, and even said recently that he really isn't a fan of fighting, but mainly got into mixed martial arts so he could make money wrestling for a living. Sure made 2019 a lot of fun. Ben Askren has decided to retire after a career that saw him win Bellator and ONE titles. Prior to the trade, Askren had retired from ONE after a 57-second TKO win over Shinya Aoki on Nov. 24, 2017. Askren (19-2, 1 NC), a Wisconsin native, looked to get back on track against Maia in what was billed as a battle of the two top grapplers in all of mixed martial arts. Glad we got to see him in the UFC, even if it was late.
After an accomplished amateur wrestling career, Askren went on to become Bellator Welterweight Champion and successfully defended his time four times in a row. You gotta see @brodiesmith21 wrestle. A former Olympic wrestler in 2008 and two-time NCAA champion at the University of Missouri, Askren had always wanted to ply his trade in the UFC to prove he was the best welterweight in the world. Then, last November, ONE and the UFC engineered a trade in which the Asian promotion acquired former UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson in exchange for Askren's contract. A champion in several promotions, an undefeated fighter before entering the promotion. Askren (19-2, 1 NC), a two-time NCAA Division 1 national champion wrestler who competed in the 2008 Olympics, runs two wrestling academies and a camp in Wisconsin, has two podcasts, is involved in cryptocurrency investing and has been a world-ranked disc golfer. The Funky one was in contention for a title shot prior to the Masvidal defeat and hoped to rebound with victory against Maia in October. Eddie Alvarez (who went on to win the UFC lightweight title after coughing it up to Conor McGregor) shellacked Roger Huerta. "Frankly, I'm retiring from everything.". You have reached ESPN's Australian edition.
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I have a lot of things I want to do in my life.
He'd brashly talk smack on Twitter to just about everyone, including UFC President Dana White, well before he began his tenure in the UFC. Askren retired in 2017, but came out of retirement for a chance to fight in the UFC. Ben Askren announced his retirement Monday, just a little more than a year after joining the UFC with considerable fanfare. ONE did the same with Askren, who signed with the UFC.
He might have earned it had he beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 on July 6.
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