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Ben Askren advises Tony Ferguson to retire after UFC 296: ‘Paddy Pimblett does not appear to be that great’

December 25, 2023 7:30 pm ET

Ben Askren believes losing to Paddy Pimblett ought to signify completion for Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson (25-10 MMA, 15-8 UFC) suffered yet another loss when he was controlled by Pimblett at UFC 296 less than 2 weeks back. “El Cucuy” dropped his seventh straight battle, connecting B.J. Penn for a lot of successive losses in UFC history.

Askren does not rate Pimblett (21-3 MMA, 5-0 UFC) really extremely. If Ferguson is losing to the increasing star in definitive style, Askren believes it’s time he hangs up his gloves.

“He states he wishes to keep combating,” Askren informed Middle Easy. “Is it a financial thing where he requires to keep defending cash? I do not understand, however Paddy does not appear to be that great. He truly does not. And Tony, he simply could not leave his back. I do not understand what his strategy was. He is a wrestler. He matured fumbling.

“He understands how to get up. That’s folkstyle fumbling, however he picked to simply be on his back for the whole of the 2nd and 3rd round? It’s like, dude, get up. Perhaps even take him down. Paddy is not an elite wrestler. You must have the ability to go get a takedown on this man. Make it occur.”

Ferguson insists he’s not done. The 39-year-old required to social networks to advise his fans to keep the faith, in spite of numerous– consisting of UFC CEO Dana White motivating him to retire.

“His trajectory is so ridiculous,” Askren included. “He resembled, 13-0, or whatever the hell he was for a while, and now he’s 0-7. It’s like, yeah, you require to be done, pal.”

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