Ben Askren vs Jorge Masvidal: Dramatic 5-second loss | Lex Fridman Podcast Clips | Summary and Q&A

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Ben Askren vs Jorge Masvidal: Dramatic 5-second loss | Lex Fridman Podcast Clips

TL;DR

A retired MMA fighter discusses his career, including his first loss, his struggles with entering the UFC, and the impact of his hip injury on his performance.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How did the first loss in MMA affect your mindset?

The first loss was challenging, but if I had continued my MMA career, I would have worked on improving my weaknesses. I acknowledge the need for growth and not making excuses for the loss.

Q: Did your previous comments about drug testing affect your chances of entering the UFC?

I believe my criticism of drug testing in the past may have influenced the UFC's decision not to offer me a contract. However, I hired USADA later on, which shows my commitment to fair play.

Q: What led to your return to the sport after retirement?

I retired feeling frustrated by not getting a chance to prove myself against the best. However, a year later, I got the opportunity to return through a trade, which rarely happens in combat sports.

Q: How did your hip injury affect your performance in the Mazdal fight?

My hip injury limited my movement and prevented me from executing certain techniques effectively. Despite the injury, I was confident in my abilities, but the specific move Mazdal used caught me off guard.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The retired MMA fighter reflects on his nine-year winning streak and his undefeated college wrestling career.

  • He discusses the significance of his first loss in MMA and how it propelled him to work harder.

  • The fighter shares his frustrations with not being able to compete against the best in the world due to missed opportunities and organizational decisions.

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