Michael Bisping Has No Sympathy For Ben Askren’s Hip Replacement
Earlier this month, Ben Askren announced his retirement from mixed martial arts and disclosed that he is scheduled to have a hip replacement.
After being traded from ONE Championship to the UFC a year ago, Askren appeared in three UFC bouts. Although he won his debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC 235, ‘Funky’ then suffered two setbacks against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239, and Demian Maia at UFC Singapore. Which prompted his decision to consider retirement.
Michael Bisping however, has laughed at the idea of Askren is retiring because of the said hip replacement. ‘The Count’ strongly backed up his claim and handed out concrete example of career-ending injuries.
“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!” Bisping exclaimed on his Believe You Me Podcast (as transcribed by MMA News).
“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,” said Bisping.
The former UFC middleweight champion hadn’t finished with Askren, and went on to say that his ‘old, frail, flailing mother has stronger hips’ than the former ONE Championship and Bellator welterweight champion.
“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,” he continued.
“I’m a big fan of the guy. I’d like to still see him fight. I’m sure he could earn some money. But I think from a competitive standpoint, he came over and it wasn’t a good year. And he’s like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna move on.’”