Jorge Masvidal has outlined that he feels fellow UFC welterweight Ben Askren called time on his career too early after The Funky One, announced his retirement following defeat to Damian Maia earlier this month.
Askren came into the UFC unbeaten after successful runs in other promotions like ONE FC and Bellator and despite winning his first fight against Robbie Lawler he suffered back to back defeats to Masvidal and Maia in his subsequent bouts.
The defeat to Masvidal in particular, which came after just five seconds by way of a flying knee, put a huge dent in Askren’s title hopes, before he was submitted by Maia in UFC Singapore.
Askren announced his retirement on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show shortly after that defeat, and despite he and Masvidal failing to see eye to eye in the past, the recently crowned BMF champion admitted that his run was a good thing for the UFC.
“He brings in his own crowd, – he was a stand-out in wrestling, especially collegiate wrestling, so he did have a fan base. He did some things over at Bellator and on One FC [One Championship],” Masvidal said, in an interview with Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports. “So he did have a crowd that he brought over with him to the sport, a different type of crowd.”
Masvidal continued by outlining that he feels losses shouldn’t discourage a fighter, having bounced back from two defeats in a row before himself.
“But what I don’t like is we’re fighters. We’re supposed to fight, man. You got two losses, it’s no big deal my brother. Get back on the high horse, get to work and figure it out, man.”
“I’ve heard he has hip issues and stuff so I can’t comment on how bad his body is holding up or not,” Masvidal said. “But as far as fighting goes, two losses can’t discourage you if you’re a fighter.”