‘Legacy is Stupid’- Ben Askren Not Bothered By People Questioning His Achievements

Published 04/20/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)


Ben Askren has one of the best resumes in combat sports history. Whether or not people criticize the end of his MMA career and his boxing exploits against Jake Paul, Askren’s achievements prior to all of that had him in the running for GOAT in MMA. He is a two-time NCAA Champion and has been the champion of various promotions.

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However, he isn’t bothered by people attacking his ‘legacy’ as a result of his losses to Jorge Masvidal and Jake Paul.

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“I’ve already said this to you, Ariel. legacy is stupid. Legacy is something people really shouldn’t be concerned about because you should be worried about what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis. Moving forward, I’m going to keep coaching and change as many lives as I can. And if I somehow long term achieve something and people want to look back at me favorably or not favorably, then they’re going to do that.

“But you can’t determine what other people think and you can’t let what other people think dictate your actions. I think legacy is a relatively stupid concept from a self-perspective. That’s a really negative thing for people to think about, so I don’t ever think about it myself.”

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Ben Askren celebrates after beating Robbie Lawler in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at. UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ben Askren may not care about his legacy, but the world will continue debating it for years. His legacy will truly come down to what people think of him. While hardcore MMA fans may defend Askren’s career for his amazing achievements in wrestling and MMA prior to the UFC, others will bring up him falling short in the biggest fights of his career.

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However, it seems Askren is tying his legacy up with the influence he can spread as a teacher. Askren is devoted to helping children in his wrestling school. The more they do well in life, it will reflect well on Askren. Isn’t impacting the lives of kids who may grow up to be fantastic wrestlers count for something more than the two big losses of his career? It does to him, and that is all that matters.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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