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Did Ben Askren Retire From MMA Because He Can't Handle Losing to Top Competition?


Philadelphia. 2010. Bellator put on an amazing live show and I was there with MMA journalism creds. Eddie Alvarez (who went on to win the UFC lightweight title after coughing it up to Conor McGregor) shellacked Roger Huerta. And the main event was a title fight between Ben Askren and Lyman Good. After watching Ben's performance that night, it's crazy to think that he's now retired from MMA. Why did he leave his fighting ways behind?

He put an absolute wrestling clinic against Lyman, controlling him for five rounds and landing light ground and pound. His victory in Philadelphia, although it garnered a ton of boos from audiences, was a spectacle. I loved that he was so good at one aspect of martial arts and that someone as talented and intimidating as Lyman Good couldn't do anything about it.

Askren went on to be the Bellator Welterweight champion, and didn't look or act like any other MMA fighter at the time.