Jorge Masvidal has responded to the criticisms about the superfluous punches he threw at Ben Askren after the historic knockout at UFC 239.
‘Gamebred’ executed his game plan perfectly in his welterweight match-up against ‘Funky’ last Saturday night.
Aiming to give Askren a painful and brutal ending as promised, Masvidal immediately went for a flying knee to counter his opponent’s attempt for a double leg takedown.
The vicious flying knee took Askren’s soul out of his body, leaving him on the mat unconscious for a moment, which stunned the mammoth crowd at the T-mobile Arena.
But the fight did not end there.
Masvidal made sure Askren would not come back from the dead as he followed it up with a two-piece combo punch before the referee called for the stoppage.
The conclusion of the fight had Masvidal rewriting the history books as he recorded the fastest knockout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 7, 2019
The knockout sent the MMA community into a frenzy, with pro fighters and online fans heaping praises for Masvidal in various social media platforms.
The 34-year old fighter out of Miami, Florida has now won two-straight knockout wins since losing back-to-back fights against Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson.
15 of his 34 total professional MMA wins are also by way of knockout/technical knockout.
More importantly, his stunning finish of Askren potentially earned him a crack at UFC gold.
Amid the buzz on the 5-second finish, there were also criticisms on Masvidal’s punches, which some believed were unnecessary as Askren was already knocked out cold.
But ‘Gamebred’ insisted that the blows were ‘super necessary’ and stressed that it was part of the job.
“The referee hadn’t pulled me off, and my job is to hit somebody until the referee pulls me off,” Masvidal told the media in the post-UFC 239 press conference, per MMA Mania.
Jorge Masvidal with the quickest KO in UFC history in just 5 seconds! 💥
— AmericanGambler #PlayLegal (@makeUSbetagain) July 7, 2019
‘Go Back to Soccer’
Continuing, Masvidal told those who questioned the hits to stop watching mixed martial arts and focus, instead, on soccer.
“So to those people, I would say maybe don’t watch MMA. Go back to soccer.”
He also explained the reason behind his post-fight celebration.
“I’m not allowed to showboat and rub it in your face, so you and guys like you can see it and say, ‘Maybe I don’t talk so much (expletive), because when I cross one of these real mother(expletive), they’re going to make me pay for it?'”
“They’re going to embarrass the (expletive) out of me.”
“I think my body of work speaks for itself.”
Masvidal then stressed that violence is the name of his game.
“If you want sheer violence, you know who to call. If you want other (expletive), guys going to press conferences on time, you know who to call.”
JORGE MASVIDAL IS COLD AF!!! pic.twitter.com/ih1dYpRZR7
— Masvidal Mentality💯 (@mmaLiam96) July 7, 2019
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