Ben Askren has issued an apology to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and to mixed martial arts fans after absorbing a humiliating defeat at UFC 239, and now he wants to take the credit for helping Jorge Masvidal earn huge money.
The former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight kingpin took on Masvidal in the main card of UFC 239 last month, following an impressive come-from-behind win against Robbie Lawler in his UFC debut.
Askren, who was looking to solidify his chances for the title shot, entirely lost to Masvidal as he was finished just five seconds into the opening round.
Masvidal rewrote the history books as the finish became the fastest knockout ever in the UFC, which earned him the Performance Of The Night honour.
With Masvidal’s stock soaring high dramatically after that historic knockout, Askren said the credit should go to him.
— TheMacLife (@Maclifeofficial) August 6, 2019
“I Made It That Way”
Masvidal has become one of the most talked-about fighters recently.
Aside from his 5-second finish of Askren, his confrontation with Leon Edwards, known as the ‘three piece and a soda’ scuffle, and his impressive knockout of Darren Till also put him in major online discussions.
But for Askren, it was him that contributed mostly to Masvidal’s popularity.
“I will acknowledge that I made him this popular. 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.'”
— NESN (@NESN) July 7, 2019
With Masvidal reaching greater heights, he now wants to tussle with UFC’s biggest draw, Conor’ The Notorious’ McGregor, in a bid to secure a hefty paycheck.
But UFC president Dana White recently claimed that Masvidal will not be fighting McGregor next nor will he get the title shot as he will be booked against a different opponent.
As for Askren, he agreed to fight Demian Maia this October in what could be a battle between two of the best grapplers in the welterweight division.
Reflecting on his ugly loss to Masvidal, ‘Funky’ said he blew his chances of becoming the best in the world.
“It’s not as bad as it was in the Olympics when I realized I wouldn’t have another shot. This, I could have another shot,” he told ESPN.
“Nevertheless, you’re talking about a goal of nine years in the making, and I’m one fight away from getting there against a guy that I chose.”
“I blew it. My life’s goal was to be the best in the world. I was this close.”
— MMA On Point (@OnPointMMA) August 5, 2019
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