In a short time, Ben Askren (10-0) has gone from Olympic medalist to Bellator Welterweight Champion. In 2010 he won the Bellator Season 2 Welterweight Tournament and the championship months later. The quick rise to success has caused him to reexamine his outlook as an athlete.
“When I won a Bellator tournament, I was only a year and four months into my fighting career, maybe,” said Askren on MMA Junkie. “My outlook was, OK, now I get all this time to actually get good at this.”
Before entering MMA three years ago, Askren had decided at age 30 he would retire from active competition. Now at 28 and attempting to master a new sport, his agenda has changed.
“If you read a lot of the psychology research, they say to become a world-class competitor in something, it takes 10 years, roughly,” said Askren. “So, I haven’t got 10 years. I’ll be plenty well retired from fighting by the time I hit 10 years in fighting.”
Askren is expected to defend his championship next against Karl Amoussou (16-4-2) in January.