KEY POINTS

  • Ben Askren slams Jorge Masvidal, saying he landed a lucky knee back in their 2019 meeting
  • Askren will be facing Jake Paul in a boxing match on April 17th
  • Masvidal will be challenging for the UFC welterweight championship on April 24th

Ben Askren will be remembered for a lot of things.

Askren was a highly-decorated NCAA Division I collegiate wrestler and an Olympian freestyle wrestler, having represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China.

In mixed martial arts (MMA), Askren went undefeated in his first 20 fights, capturing the Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight championships in the process.

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Unfortunately for Askren, he will likely be best remembered for being on the receiving end of the fastest knockout in UFC history.

On the cusp of a welterweight world title shot in just his second fight under the organization's banner, Askren stood opposite Jorge Masvidal, who at the time was coming off a successful comeback fight against Darren Till.

Just five seconds after the fight started, Askren was laid out cold courtesy of a Masvidal running knee that landed square on the jaw.

It was definitely a bitter loss for Askren to swallow, given that he had talked a lot of trash in the lead-up to the fight.

To Askren’s credit, he took the loss like a man and moved forward. He would lose to Demian Maia in his next fight before announcing his retirement from MMA.

Jorge Masvidal
Jorge Masvidal of the United States looks on during a UFC 239 Welterweight Bout against Ben Askren of the United States at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey

Masvidal, on the other hand, was strapped onto a rocket ship after his flash knockout of Askren. He went on to fight Nate Diaz in the highly-publicized “BMF” championship bout and ended up winning by TKO after the latter could not continue due to a cut.

"Street Jesus" would then step in and challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight championship on Fight Island last year. Masvidal went on to lose by unanimous decision, but he will get another shot at Usman and the title at UFC 261 this coming April 24th in Jacksonville, Florida.

It’s pretty clear that the win against Askren helped propel Masvidal to stardom.

Now, it looks like Askren and Masvidal are at it once again, at least on social media.

Referencing Askren’s upcoming foray into professional boxing against YouTuber Jake Paul, Masvidal stated that he doesn’t see his former rival as the representative of MMA.

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Not one to keep quiet, Askren offered up quite the response.

It’s highly likely that we don’t get to see a do-over of this fight, but if somehow it did come to fruition, would Masvidal win as emphatic as the first one?

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