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UFC News: Michael Bisping mocks Ben Askren over decision to retire due to a hip replacement 

  • Bisping said his mother has stronger hips than Askren!
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:08 IST

Michael Bisping and Ben Askren.
Michael Bisping and Ben Askren.

Ben Askren shocked the MMA world recently by announcing his retirement from active competition. The former Bellator Champion cited a hip replacement surgery as the reason behind his decision to hang up his gloves.

Michael Bisping discussed Askren's retirement on the recent edition of his 'Believe You Me' podcast. The UFC Hall of Famer scoffed at the idea of ending a career over a hip replacement surgery and stated that he has no sympathy in this situation.

Bisping brought up his knee replacement surgery and claimed that it can't be compared to the issues in the hip.

Here's what Bisping had to say:

“Anyone out there, you ask any doctor, they will tell you, hip replacement/knee replacement, not even in the same category… not even anywhere close in the same category as recovery, rehab, pain endured through said process.
Any doctor will tell you. People are coming up to me going, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s right. I had a hip replacement,’ and I just want to go, ‘Ohhh, don’t talk to me about your hip replacement, OK? I had a knee replacement, knee replacement!
Hip replacement is nothing. I scoff at a hip replacement. I laugh at a hip replacement. I have no sympathy. Quick operation. My mom recovered from one, no problem. My dad had one, doesn’t even mention it.”

Bisping went on to claim that his mother has stronger hips than Askren and the decision to retire, in the end, may have been in Funky's best interest. Classic Bisping right there!

"It’s probably a good idea if he’s retiring because my mom has stronger hips than Ben Askren, Simple as that. My old, frail, flailing mother has stronger hips, can sprawl better than Ben Askren." H/t Credit: MMANews

Count, however, added that he is a big fan of Askren and would have loved to see him fight more. Bisping understood Askren's decision to move on after the former ONE FC Champion's UFC career ended up being a highly-publicized failure.

Askren brought down the curtains on his career with an overall record of 19-2, with both those losses coming in the UFC. Funky came into the UFC with a lot of promise but he may have arrived in the promotion a little too late in his career.

Published 24 Nov 2019, 03:49 IST
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