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Ben Askren Open To MMA Return & 2-3 More Celebrity Boxing Bouts – MMA Root



Tonight is very likely not the last time we see Ben Askren competing in combat sports.

Two years ago, Ben Askren made the difficult decision to retire from mixed martial arts at the age of 34 mainly due to hip problems. After undergoing hip replacement surgery in 2019, the former ONE and Bellator champion felt it was time to leave athletic competition, a world in which he had thrived throughout his adult life. There was no indication Askren was questioning this decision or that we would ever see him fight again. Then Jake Paul arrived.

After knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson last year, Paul set his sights on MMA fighters for his next fight. After talking trash on social media, Askren and Paul finally agreed to fight in a special attraction match that we will witness tonight. However, contrary to initial public perception, this may not be the last time we see Askren compete. In fact, if a compelling offer comes up, he doesn’t rule out going back to the sport he was champion in, although he admits it’s a long shot (via BJPenn.com).

“Very unlikely,” Askren said on Just Scrap Radio of a return to MMA. “If the right opportunity presented itself, I would consider that opportunity, but I don’t think so.”

In addition to the lucrative payday, Ben Askren also cites the motivation to get fit for his decision to fight Jake Paul. But now that he’s getting ready to move on tonight, he’s not so sure that he won’t explore the idea of ​​celebrity boxing a couple more times in the future.

“When I retired from fighting, I said I never wanted to make a career fighting again. But I needed a reason to train anyway, ”Askren said. “I had my hip surgery on September 1. On December 1, I rolled and it’s like I can finally start exercising,” Askren said. “I was very heavy, I was like 216 years old, I needed to lose some weight, I’m fat as shit. For me, I can’t lose weight for no reason, so I needed a reason. It has been fun for me and with boxing I am learning something new that is fun. I’m not going to do three boxing matches a year or anything, but if I call some other drug, YouTuber and fight him next year, yes. I’m not going to go to 20 of them, but I could do two or three. “

The Paul vs. Tonight’s Askren can be purchased for $ 49.99 on PPV and will be available to stream live on Triller Fight Club.

Who do you think wins tonight? Ben Askren or Jake Paul?

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