Jorge Masvidal still has a lot of ill-will towards his UFC 236 opponent, Ben Askren. Masvidal scored the quickest KO at UFC history over Askren, hitting him with a flying knee and knocking him out in under five seconds. But, bygones haven’t been bygones, as Masvidal has actively trained Jake Paul to prepare for his boxing bout against Askren.
When Ariel Helwani requested Masvidal about his past with Askren, Jorge made it a point to make sure that Helwani does not say Askren was a former foe. Rather, he called him as a speed bump before tearing into Askren function as representative for MMA against Jake Paul.
“When you asked him in interviews’why do you not strike?’ , he’d say because’I could wrestle these guys to death’. I’m a huge wrestling fan, but you have to show respect. You have to know this is MMA.
“Now, this man is supposed to represent what? Our community? Hell no, who the hell gave this guy approval? The only reason he is doing it’s because I humiliated him made him famous for getting hauled out. Somebody else wants to do this to him. He is not a representative of MMA in any manner.”
Jorge Masvidal: Will this feud with Askren ever be over?
People that saw the feud unfold in 2019 know that there was never any love lost between Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. It is also easy to forget that Askren went into that fight as the favorite because of his credentials against ‘Journeyman’ Masvidal.
However, Jorge had the perfect plan ready for Askren. A wrestler always shoots, so Masvidal made sure he can land a ferocious knee when Askren tries to shoot. That is what happened, and the rivalry ended in five seconds. But Masvidal kept laying into Askren after the fight, birthing his’super crucial ‘ gimmick.
With Masvidal training Paul, it is evident that he does not have any desire to see Askren succeed. Askren saw his MMA career unravel then one knee, and Masvidal is fighting at his second title bout. Perhaps what’s in the past should be left in the past.
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