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Jorge Masvidal on Ben Askren’s retirement: ‘Two losses can’t discourage you’

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“BMF” titleholder Jorge Masvidal feels Ben Askren retired a little too early.

Jorge Masvidal was the man who dealt Ben Askren his first career loss in July, after a ten-year undefeated run. It was followed by another defeat at the hands of Demian Maia three months later, when the two headlined UFC Singapore.

After this two-fight skid, “Funky” went on to announce his retirement at 35 years of age. And for “Gamebred,” who is the same age as he is, calling it a career at this point may be a little premature.

“What I don’t like is we’re fighters. We’re supposed to fight, man,” Masvidal told Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole in an exclusive sit-down (transcript by the South China Morning Post). “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,” he added. “But as far as fighting goes, two losses can’t discourage you if you’re a fighter.”

Askren retired with a record of 19-2 (with 1 NC and 12 wins by stoppage).