Jorge Masvidal calls Ben Askren a “Ho” for wanting to clear the air with Anthony Pettis

Jorge Masvidal may have knocked out Ben Askren in record-setting time at UFC 239, but that clearly has not put an end to their rivalry.

Earlier today, video footage was leaked of Askren’s longtime friend and training partner Anthony Pettis telling Yoel Romero he was happy to see ‘Gamebred’ win at last month’s pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

“How is Jorge Masvidal doing?” Pettis asked Romero. “Good for him bro. I was happy to see that. You know that’s my teammate man, but that was one beautiful ass knockout.”

That video did not sit well with Ben Askren, who later took to Twitter and said he hopes to clear the air with ‘Showtime’.

“I agree Dillon this is unacceptable. Anthony Pettis and I aren’t bffs but I thought we had a respect and kinship where feelings and statements like this did not happen. I hope Anthony can clear this up and make his feelings transparent. I don’t need fake friends.”

When Jorge Masvidal caught wind of the video, as well as Ben Askren’s reaction, he proceeded to release the following statement of his own on the matter.

“You’re a great friend Ben asking someone to clear the air up the day of their fight and waste brain power on your feelings #onceahoalwaysaho #supernecessary”

Anthony Pettis returns to the Octagon in tonight’s UFC 241 co-headliner for a welterweight bout with Nate Diaz.

As for Showtime’s Roufusport teammate Ben Askren, ‘Funky’ is set to return to the cage at UFC Singapore for a scrap with submission ace Demian Maia.

Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal is will awaiting his next assignment from the UFC. ‘Gamebred’ has expressed interest in potential fights with Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

What do you think should come next for UFC standout Jorge Masvidal? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on August 17, 2019

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Jorge Masvidal responds to Ben Askren’s request for a ‘thank you’

Jorge Masvidal squared off against Ben Askren on the main card of UFC 239 in what was considered to be the most highly anticipated bout of the evening.

Masvidal entered the fight looking to build off the momentum of his sensational knockout victory over Darren Till at March’s UFC event in London.

Meanwhile, Ben Askren was not only looking to keep his undefeated record in check, but also earn a title shot with a victory over ‘Gamebred’.

Unfortunately for fans of ‘Funky’, the contest only lasted 5-seconds after Askren was KO’d by a savage flying knee from Masvidal.

The devastating finish (watch that here), proved to be the fastest in promotional history and catapulted Jorge Masvidal into top contender status.

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While Ben Askren has proven to be nothing but humble in defeat, he still believes Masvidal owed him a ‘thank you’ for helping him become rich and famous.

“I will acknowledge that I made him this popular,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I brought the best in him, So it’s fine, it’s part of the game. We were the most anticipated fight by far on the biggest card of the year. And it definitely wasn’t because Jorge decided not to show up to two different press events. It was because I made it that way. Jorge can say I’m a dick, or whatever the hell he wants to say about me, but if he wasn’t so rude, he should probably say, ‘Thank you for making me a lot of money.’”

During a media scrum at today’s UFC Uruguay event, Jorge Masvidal responded to Ben Askren’s ‘thank you’ request.

“I don’t know. See to thank him, I thank everybody that stepped in there to fight (against me) so he can get the general thank you,” Masvidal said. “But he didn’t do nothing for me. I did everything for that moment. That moment was, that was me doing that. That isn’t the first time I’ve knocked someone out with a flying knee and it won’t be the last either.”

Jorge Masvidal continued to discuss Ben Askren:

“So in a way, thanks to Ben’s chin for being in collision with my f*cking knee. So thank you to your f*cking chin Ben.”

Who ‘Gamebred’ will fight in his next Octagon appearance remains to be seen. UFC President Dana White has stated his interest in booking Masvidal against surging division contender Leon Edwards.

However, Jorge Masvidal says the promotion promised him a title shot with a win over Ben Askren, and now victorious he plans to cash in.

Who do you think Masvidal should fight in his next Octagon appearance? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on August 11, 2019

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Dana White shuts down Jorge Masvidal’s ultimatum, won’t get Conor McGregor or title shot

LAS VEGAS – Jorge Masvidal’s ultimatum in regard to his next career move appears to have backfired.

Following his historic five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 in July, Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and his team said the only logical next moves in his career were a welterweight title shot or a high-profile showdown with Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

It appears he won’t be getting either of those things.

UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday that Colby Covington (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) will be next in line to challenge welterweight titleholder Kamaru Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC), and has repeatedly thrown cold water on the idea of a matchup with McGregor.

It’s a tough break for “Gamebred,” but White said it was a poor idea to limit his options.

“You can’t make ultimatums,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, during a Tuesday media scrum in Las Vegas. “Listen, we’re going to offer him a fight and if he accepts the fight he does, and if he doesn’t, he doesn’t.”

With Usman and McGregor off the table for Masvidal, the next most realistic fight would seemingly be against fellow 170-pound contender Leon Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC).

Edwards has won eight-straight fights in the division, including a recent main event win against former UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos. He made it clear afterward he wants the Masvidal fight, especially after their memorable backstage encounter in March that saw punches thrown.

White has previously expressed interest in Masvidal vs. Edwards, but he said the heat between the two sides makes it a logistical challenge.

“That’s definitely a good fight to make,” White said following UFC 240 this past month. “The question is: Where do you do that fight and how much security are we going to have?”

Chris Weidman has doubts about Luke Rockhold rematch after ‘bittersweet’ KO loss

For the longest time, Chris Weidman has wanted to get his first pro loss back.

Weidman (14-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) got off to an undefeated 13-0 start in his career, including capturing the UFC middleweight title. He knocked out Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, and proceeded to defend his title three times.

But then he ran into Luke Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who took the title with a fourth-round TKO at UFC 194 in December 2015. Weidman has wanted that fight back since, and despite multiple bookings, it never came into fruition.

The two were scheduled for an immediate rematch at UFC 199, but Weidman was forced out due to a cervical disc herniation. Rockhold ended up losing his title to short notice replacement, Michael Bisping, in what is also considered one of the greatest upsets in UFC history. Fast forward two years later, and the pair were supposed to fight again, but this time it was Rockhold who pulled out due to injury.

Due to their history Weidman and Rockhold will forever share a link, and now that both have made the move up to light heavyweight, a rematch could still materialize. Rockhold, however, lost his division debut to Jan Blachowicz via knockout at UFC 239, and Weidman admits he has mixed feelings on his rival’s unsuccessful debut.

“To be honest it was a little bittersweet,” Weidman said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN. “I never like to see anybody get hurt even though me and Luke have had a lot of issues back and forth for a long time, and that’s the one guy I really wanted to get a fight with him and get that one back. Your first loss always seems to hit home the most, so that’s the one I wanted back.”

The weight cut to 185 pounds has taken a toll on both former middleweight champions, and the theory was a move up would enhance their strengths. To his disappointed, though, Weidman believes Rockhold did not look impressive.

“It’s kind of bittersweet to see him go out there (because) I didn’t think he looked good,” Weidman said. “I thought he was slow, tired and to see him get knocked out like that again, he’s been off for so long already. I was supposed to fight him back in November and he pulled out and then he was off until just recently so I don’t know what’s up for him next but one part of me is like, ‘I want to be the guy that’s in there with him,’ but now the other part of me is like, ‘I don’t know if he’s going to be around much longer and whether he’s going to retire or not.’”

Weidman is scheduled to make his light heavyweight debut vs. Dominick Reyes in the UFC on ESPN 6 headliner on Oct. 18. While he eyes possible fights with Rockhold and current champion Jon Jones, he is fully focused on Reyes because a win could quickly elevate him into title contention.

Recent UFC title challenger Thiago Santos: ‘Everything is fixed’ after four-hour surgery

Thiago Santos is in good spirits and on the comeback trail following extensive surgeries stemming from his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 239.

Santos (21-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) managed to push UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jones (25-1 MMA, 19-1 UFC) to the brink earlier this month in a five-round fight that resulted in a split decision win for Jones. It was clear “Marreta” hurt himself early in the fight, but managed to go the distance with the champion.

After the event, it was revealed Santos has suffered a thorough amount of damage to his left knee. The immediate diagnosis was a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus. Upon further review, he was deemed to have meniscus damage in his right knee, as well.

The Brazilian went under the knife Wednesday in Los Angeles, and after a four-hour procedure, provided a social media update reporting everything had gone smoothly (via Twitter):

“After 4 hours of surgery, the drs say everything is fixed! Now my focus is on a full recovery so I can get back in there better and stronger!”

Santos, 36, did not provide an updated timeline for his return to competition. MMA Junkie previously reported he is expected to be out until at least mid-2020, and already there are calls for a rematch with Jones.

“Bones” appears to be willing. He recently wished Santos a quick recovery and said he expects to share the octagon with him again.

For complete coverage of UFC 239, check out the UFC Results.

Who did it better: Jorge Masvidal or Kid Yamamoto

Jorge Masvidal broke the UFC record for the fastest KO in history on July 6, snapping Ben Askren’s undefeated streak with a brutal flying knee.

At UFC 239, “Gamebred” anticipated a takedown attempt from Askren and counteracted “Funky” with a flying knee. Askren was knocked out cold, and Masvidal was quick to bask in the glory of his swift victory. The fight ended officially at the five second mark of round 1. However, Masvidal believes if the referee had intervened sooner, the fight would have finished within 2 or 3 seconds.

It is unlikely that Masvidal’s new record will be beaten any time soon. The former record holder, Duane Ludwig held it for 13 years. He won via a six-second stoppage of Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3, January 2006.

However, there is another MMA fighter that set the gold standard for the quickest first-round finish. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto went head to head with his rival, Kazuyuki Miyata at the K-1: Hero’s 5 competition in 2006 (the same year Ludwig took home his record.) He delivered a flying knee finish almost straight away.

The bell rang, Yamamoto ran and leapt forward with a perfectly timed flying knee. “Little Hercules” Miyata absorbed the blow and fell to the floor, ending the fight as fast as it started. The fight officially finished within 4 seconds, but Miyata was seeing stars at around 2 seconds into the first round. See the explosive finish here:

Aside from the remarkably similar timings and finishes, there are many parallels between each matchup. Both Japanese fighters in the K-1 Hero bout shared a celebrity status that fueled anticipation for the 2006 fight. The explosive finish added notoriety towards Yamamoto that solidified his reputation as a world-class fighter. Likewise, the growing rivalry between “Funky” and “Gamebred” made their UFC 239 matchup one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Just like Ben Askren, Kazuyuki Miyata experienced the sudden KO loss but was nevertheless a worthy opponent who had earnt his stripes. He was one of the most respected opponents in the lightweight division and both Miyata and Askren were Olympic wrestlers.

“Kid” Yamamoto and “Gamebred” Masvidal have proven their worth over their lengthy MMA careers, beating several MMA veterans. They have endured their fair share of losses, but their performances in the face of adversity speak for themselves. Yamamoto has trumped Royler Gracie, Caol Uno and Genki Sudo. Meanwhile, Masvidal has defeated Yves Edwards and Donald Cerrone (to name a few).

In the height of his career, “Kid” Yamamoto was perceived as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Similarly, Jorge Masvidal is universally respected as one of the strongest adversaries in the UFC.

Yamamoto embodied a Japanese warrior who had no fear. This is very much the case for Masvidal who excels under pressure and conflict. Their technical ability, agility and timing demonstrated by their flying knee finishes is a testament to their fearless fighting style. Unfortunately, Yamamoto was fighting another battle: cancer. He died as a result in September 2018.

Whether these fighters were on the giving or receiving end of lightning-fast flying knees, they have all been instrumental in the growth of the sport. Kid Yamamoto could certainly give Jorge Masvidal and Duane Ludwig a run for their money. Which first-round finish impressed you the most and why? Let us know in the comments below.



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