Ben Askren reveals why MMA retirement is so troublesome for fighters.
MMA followers have seen fighters retire after which un-retire so many occasions that MMA retirements are by no means fairly believed the primary time round.
Ben Askren, who retired in November 2019 after which returned (for boxing) in April 2021 explains why fighters have a tough time staying retired … and it isn’t for the love of the game.
“I noticed most athletes find yourself poor,” Askren mentioned whereas showing on Dad Saves America. “And that is the reality, as a fighter and clearly we don’t make as a lot cash as an NBA or an NFL participant, however you notice, like so in my final combat I made, my final MMA combat I made $300,000, proper. However like for me to try this once more. I don’t have a straightforward method to make that a lot cash once more. Whereas the combating was like one combat, I present up, increase, test, there you go.”
Ben Askren says retirement is difficult as a result of athletes find yourself poor
“However for these fighters, you already know, they get so far the place, okay, they are saying, all proper I’m gonna retire,” he mentioned. “I’m accomplished with coaching, my physique’s beat up. So then they retire after which they notice like, wow, making that a lot cash in the actual world’s like actually exhausting and I didn’t save sufficient.”
Askren lately responded to an thought of him returning to MMA to combat Jake Paul at PFL. He appeared open however he understands that the UFC nonetheless holds his contract and that combat isn’t all that life like.