Ben Askren On Potential MMA Return: ‘Never Say Never’
Ben Askren isn’t ruling out a potential return to MMA.
Askren retired from MMA competition following his submission loss to Demian Maia back on October 26, 2019. Askren thought he’d have to get a full hip replacement but it turns out that wasn’t the case. Instead, “Funky” underwent a Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure. Askren says his back pain has been gone ever since the procedure.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com‘s Mike Heck, Askren said that he won’t rule out a return to MMA but don’t hold your breath.
“I would say, never say never. I think it’s unlikely, but I’m gonna wrestle next year. Not WWE wrestle, but real wrestle. I need a reason to train and stay in shape. I love eating ice cream and everything else. I haven’t got on a scale in a year. I haven’t gotten on a scale since I fought Demian Maia over a year ago.
“If I don’t have a good reason to get on the scale, I’m not getting on the scale and I know that ain’t great for my health. I’m not super obese, but I’m definitely not in great shape right now and I can’t really train. I can ride a bike right now, that’s about all I can do with my hip but give me a few more months and I’ll be able to start getting on the mat. I’ll be able to start lightly doing some stuff. I’m definitely going to try and get some wrestling matches next year just so I can have a reason to stay in shape and I’m at the wrestling academy five days a week anyway so it won’t change that much.”
Askren ended his pro MMA career with a record of 19-2, 1 NC. Along the way, he was able to capture the Bellator and ONE Championship Welterweight Titles.