By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ben Askren was part of the first-ever trade between two mixed martial arts organizations. Several fights later, he is walking away from the sport.
Askren announced his retirement from the sport on Monday during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour. The 35-year-old leaves after just three UFC fights this year.
He was defeated in his last two fights. Following his last fight against Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 162, he said he was considering retirement.
Maia won the bout in the third round with a technical submission (rear-naked choke) at the 3:54 mark on Oct. 26.
Back in July, he was defeated Jorge Masvidal in just five secodns at UFC 239. Masvidal won with a flying knee knockout.
He was 1-2 in the UFC.
Askren was previously a part of the biggest trade in mixed martial arts history. Askren was traded to the UFC from One Championship.
“Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson went to One Championship.
Before the trade, Askren was 18-0 in the MMA. His last fight with Shinya Aoki by TKO (Punches) at One Championship: Immortal Pursuit on Nov. 24, 2017.
When he was undefeated, he won in Headhunter Productions, Max Fights DM, Bellator Fighting Championships, Bellator MMA, and One FC, before One Championship.