Ben Askren reacted to the defeat of Abdulrashid Sadulaev

Former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, commented on the sensational defeat of Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev, who at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade refused to continue his 97kg semifinal match, losing 9-2 to his fellow countryman Akhmed Tazhudinov.

“Wrestling just had a repeat of Roberto Duran’s ‘I’ve had enough’ situation,” the former member of the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team wrote on social media. “Arguably the greatest wrestler of all time, Abdulrashid Sadulaev, while losing, simply refused to continue in the middle of the match. It’s so crazy that I’m still trying to comprehend it.”

The two-time Olympic freestyle wrestling champion reportedly refused to continue due to a neck injury and 20-year-old Akhmed Tajudinov, who is a pupil of the Abdulrashid Sadulaev School and plays for Bahrain, will face Magomedkhan Magomedov of Azerbaijan in the final.

An injury to the 27-year-old Russian will allow American Kyle Snyder, whom Tajudinov defeated 11-0 in the quarterfinals, to compete for the bronze medal.