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From: kidpresentable 42 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:24 PM
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 I have fought many great fighters, even beating a few along the way. In all those fights, I have never felt as frustrated as I felt tonight. Ben Askren is truly a great wrestler/grappler and I look forward to seeing him develop in the sport. I have been a fan of Ben’s since I knew him in high school and am appreciative that Bellator provided me an opportunity for my last fight to be against a fighter for whom I have such tremendous respect.

 

I love this sport and all that it has given to me and it is with a mix of joy and sadness that I realize that I am no longer willing to pay the price necessary to compete at the level I expect from myself – the level of guys like Ben, Weedman and Heiron. I have reached a point where it is more important to me to spend time at home with my daughter and wife, who have been great about me competing, and focus on developing my law career at O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum LTD, which has also been great about me competing. I am grateful for the many wonderful people who supported me and those I met in mixed martial arts, fans and fighters, and am hopeful that I can give something back to the sport I love by coaching and/or representing the next crop of mixed martial arts superstars.

 

Thank you!


From: iWANNAbeADORED Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:27 PM
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You're a legend Nick, thanks for all the great fights!

Good luck with the future.

From: Rahjai 110 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:29 PM
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Good luck in your future endevours

From: The Project 17 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:31 PM
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Congrats on a great career. I am sure you will continue to have great success outside of the sport!

From: Dublin_Huntington 2 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:35 PM
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 Your an inspiration mate, thanks


From: robnashville 9 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:36 PM
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I have always enjoyed your fights, Nick, and have thought you have carried yourself in an admirable fashion.... best wishes to you in your activities after the cage...

From: xXLINDEXx 345 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:37 PM
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 You're an amazing person Nick, and an inspiration for those of us trying to grind through the rigours of Law School while balancing our lives outside the classroom. Thank you. You've always been one of my favorite fighters.

From: Fletch F Fletch Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:41 PM
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The Goat is the GOAT... if that makes any sense!

The MMA world will be darker without his pale white ass to brighten it up!

Best of luck in all your future endevors, Goat!

From: jdb2414 5 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:44 PM
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Congrats on your career, Nick. I think you can still do a lot for the sport in your current profession. It must be an extremely tough decision to stop doing something you clearly love, but you're a smart enough guy to figure out how to make an impact, even though you're not competing.

I've always liked watching you fight, and you've always been a class act on these boards (as far as I've seen).

Good luck in the future. Enjoy your time with your family.

From: THE Slow-Cop 159 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:44 PM
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 One of my all-time favorite fighters to watch, period.  Sad to see you go, goat, but wish you nothing but luck with the future!

From: fabes 153 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:45 PM
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Much respect. Phone Post

From: caposa 1582 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 5:47 PM
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No shame in losing to a beast like Askren, he is the future of the division

Thank you for all the great fights, it's been a pleasure watching you perform out there. 50+  fights only 7 decisions against some of the best in your division. You fought for the fans and we appreciate it man

Respect

From: PittWrestler 114 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:04 PM
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 Nick, personal thank you for inspiration over the years.  My join date corresponds with mid-first year of law school for me.  I was always pumped to be grinding away and watching you killing it in Bodog, fighting in Dream and UFC knowing you were doing the law school thing at the same time.  Frankly it blew my mind that the two things could be juggled. 

I remember how crazy studying for the bar was, and seeing you take on Shields the day or maybe weekend before the bar was absolutely astonishing and a testament to you being on a completely different level.  I had a fight a year and a half into my practice while working at a large firm, and though it seemed like an impossible time commitment, I thought pretty often of what you'd been able to accomplish.  I lost, but it was a great experience anyways.

Basically, I'm willing to bet that you are one of a very few that were able to fight at the elite levels of this sport while balancing commitments to a truly time intensive profession and also as a family man as well.  For that you are a legend and an inspiration.

From: Combat Corner 29 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:18 PM
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Much Respect

From: Yelm 19 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:18 PM
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 Congrats on a great career.

From: Scott Rotem Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:29 PM
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Good stuff buddy! Youre an awesome guy and a great fighter. Phone Post

From: MuayTy 1 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:46 PM
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congrats and good luck nick

From: BLACKBUDDAH Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:48 PM
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Can i have your gloves from your last fight?

From: RickStorm 1627 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:49 PM
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Thanks for the great fights Nick.. Much respect and good luck


From: TheThrill 15 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:50 PM
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RickStorm - 

Thanks for the great fights Nick.. Much respect and good luck


From: Pro Ice 1920 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:50 PM
Edited: 04/10/11 6:51 PM
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Loved watching you fight!  You always came to fight and put on a show

One of the best 170 lb in the world at one point, you should be very proud of what you've accomplished in this sport

Thank you and congrats on a great career
 

From: tmr 48 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:50 PM
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 Thanks for the great fights GOAT! Always been a fan and watched most of the recent fight cards you were on.

Good luck with your career!

From: paganist 11 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:52 PM
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 thank you for your contribution to the sport.

From: wreckker 71 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:55 PM
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 Well said Nick!


Good luck in your law career


From: LTL 30 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile
Posted: 4/10/11 6:57 PM
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Good luck on your future endeavours Nick.

We have met a few times and I can certainly say, despite your wacked out diet and preference to be semi nude in public, you are one of the good guys.

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