09:26 GMT13 August 2020
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    Former ONE Championship and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren has announced his retirement, according to ESPN.

    The 35-year-old American, whose 21 mixed martial arts fights this year have resulted in 19 wins prior to two defeats, has announced that he's retiring.

    "I'm retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts, and frankly, I'm retiring from everything," Ben Askren told Ariel Helwani's MMA Show." "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."

    While fans were mostly positive about Askren and his career, they were also sad after he announced his retirement.

    Ben Askren's first UFC match was on 2 March 2019,  ONE's Asian promotion, replacing former UFC champion Demetrius Johnson.

    In his debut UFC match, Askren defeated Robbie Lawler, but his final two matches ended in defeat: from Jorge Masvidal - by knockout and from Demian Maya - by a reception. Askren in different years was the champion of Bellator and ONE FC.

    Ben Askren, MMA, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
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