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Ben Askren: ‘Never say never’ on return to MMA competition after successful hip surgery

It has been almost a year to the day that Ben Askren called it a career in the sport of mixed martial arts.

When the former ONE Championship and Bellator champion—not to mention someone with a memorable three-fight stint in the UFC—announced his retirement, he cited conversations with doctors that revealed he needed a full hip replacement, thus ending his athletic career for good.

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Askren was asked about it being the one-year anniversary of his announcement, which didn’t seem that long ago to him.

“It does not feel like that long ago,” Askren told MMA Fighting while appearing on What the Heck.