Askren Announces Retirement, Hip Replacement

Following a career that saw gold in both ONE Championship and Bellator MMA, Ben Askren has walked away from Mixed Martial Arts.

Askren made his statement to Ariel Helwani on Monday, also noting the reason not being his going 0-2 in the last few fights in the UFC, but due to his need for hip replacement surgery.

“I’m retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts and frankly I’m retiring from everything,” Askren told ESPN. “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.

“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.”

“When I came back, I’ve been having hip issues for three to five years somewhere in there. When I came back and started training in December it got really bad,” Askren explained of his retirement from ONE Championship and eventual trade to the UFC. “I visited my doctors in Columbia, who I kept in touch with, that’s where I went to college, and I went down there and I got an x-ray and I got a PRP (platelet rich plasma) shot. The PRP shot helped significantly with the pain but not with the mobility at all.

“They saw the x-ray and said you’re all jacked up but you can just keep going and whenever you’re done we’ll fix it. In August, it had gotten pretty bad again and I went down there and got another PRP shot and that didn’t really help all that much. I consulted with that doctor and he said why don’t you get the MRI before your fight, I’ll look at it and when you’re done with your fight, we’ll scope your hip and that will give you a couple years worth of relief. You’ll probably need to get the hip replacement at some point.”

“After my fight, I talked to him and he said ‘you need a hip replacement’,” Askren revealed of a consultation he had with his doctors following his UFC Singapore loss to Demian Maia. “He doesn’t do that specific procedure. I’ve talked to three or four doctors and all of them are pretty much once you do that, you’re pretty much done.”

Report: MMA Fighting

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