Ben Askren is ready to put on his gloves and run it back against Jorge Masvidal. Following two consecutive defeats to Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal, Askren announced his retirement from MMA. However, ‘Funky’ did put on boxing gloves for an exhibition bout against Jake Paul.
The bout went far from expectations. The Youtuber dispatched the former Bellator welterweight champion within the first round itself. Since then, Askren has been applying himself as a coach and a mentor in his wrestling gyms.
Safe to say, at the age of 38 and with an unreliable hip, Askren’s fighting days are surely over. However, when asked if he would fight Masvidal again, Funky stated, “It’s the only thing that I would come out of retirement for.” Previously, Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal have had some serious bad blood between them.
It’s the only thing that I would come out of retirement for https://t.co/eby1bNAy45
— Funky (@Benaskren) August 30, 2022
Tensions eventually reached a boiling point resulting in a bout between the two at UFC 239. As such, Masvidal would go on to make a highlight reel, knocking out Askren within 5 seconds with a brutal flying knee kick. Some say that Ben hasn’t been the same man ever since.
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Interestingly, this is not the first time Askren has hinted at a return to the Octagon. Following his defeat to Jake Paul, Askren was quoted saying that the Youtuber was actually a good boxer. In response to this, fellow UFC star Nate Diaz said, ” Coming from a retired wrestler who can’t fight or box.”