UFC welterweight Ben ‘Funky’ Askren offered no excuses about his stunning loss at UFC 239 and has praised his Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal for his slick move, which catapulted the latter to the UFC history books.
For the first time in his career, ‘Funky’ suffered a painful defeat.
It was at the hands of Masvidal during their welterweight scrap last Saturday at the T-mobile Arena, with a potential title shot on the line.
The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for Askren as it was the fastest finish in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Aiming for a double leg takedown, Askren was hit with a charging Masvidal and his vicious flying knee just two seconds into the opening round.
Masvidal made sure Askren would not come back from the dead as he threw extra punches before the referee called the stoppage.
Two days after this devastating defeat, Askren broke his silence and gave his thoughts about what boiled down at the UFC 239 fight against Masvidal.
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“I Got Nothing To Hide From”
The former Bellator and ONE Championship kingpin spoke to Ariel Helwani on his MMA show and stressed that there is nothing to complain about the loss.
“I got nothing to hide from. Things happen, losses happen. Saturday night was definitely not ideal for myself, but I got nothing to complain about,” Funky said, per MMA Mania.
“There is a little part of my memory that is blank there. I remember being in the cage with him. I don’t really remember the flying knee and then when I can recall, I remember everything.”
“So I was like, ‘Oh shit, I lost to Jorge Masvidal. This freaking sucks.'”
Despite the gravity of the knockout, Askren was relieved that he did not sustain further injury.
“Everybody was more worried about me than I was about myself. I didn’t really have any pain of any sort. Not a headache, nothing in my face hurts.”
“And so it was just like, ‘Oh Jesus, I lost to Jorge Masvidal.’ I could tell it was pretty fast because I wasn’t sweaty or sore or anything.”
“So it was fast, apparently I set a record of some sort.”
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“It’s Not Luck”
Askren also praised Masvidal’s flying knee, which he described as “fast and explosive,” and reiterated that the knockout was not a product of luck.
“And I’ve always thought, ‘Who the hell gets caught with a flying knee? Can’t you see that coming? It’s coming from so far away?'”
“But when I watched the film, I don’t like Jorge at all, but that was a damn good flying knee. He hit it fast and explosive. He got some serious airtime on it and connected on the right spot.”
“I hear people saying it was lucky, it’s not luck. Will it happen 100 out of 100 times? Definitely not.”
“But landing a knee like that takes a lot of skill, I couldn’t do such a thing.”
The previous record belonged to Duane Ludwig with his 6-second KO. pic.twitter.com/cKLFqFu6uh
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For Askren, it was the first time he was hit that hard in his ten years of MMA career – a proof that he was not an invincible fighter.
“One side of me says, ‘How did I get knocked out in five seconds?’ And I’ve been in this game for ten years and haven’t really been hit hard. I’ve never been rocked, never been dropped.”
“So I was almost getting to the point where, I don’t want to say I was careless, but I kind of thought I was almost invincible or had a tough skull. It was a hell of a hit, but I was proved wrong on Saturday night.”
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