Jorge Masvidal Stunned the Entire Combat Sports World With His 5 Second Knee KO of Ben Askren at UFC 238… Check Out How He Trained for the Devastating Finish…
Jorge Masvidal is a scary, scary man. The Miami native is a veteran of the game but looks like he’s earned himself a shot at the title after back-to-back KO wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren. He talks the talk and walks the walk. The Cuban-American has arguably taken over the Diaz Brother’s niche in the company.
That flying knee was a thing of savage beauty. He came flying out, smashing Askren in the head as the former Olympic wrestler looked to shoot for the takedown. Then he followed up with some brutal ground-and-pound, which has been criticised in some quarters.
Check out how ‘Gamebred’ trained that technique. Dustin Poirier texted Ariel Helwani to tell him what was coming but nobody could have expected that devastating brilliance. This obviously took a lot of work and credit to Masvidal for landing what is the KO of the year so far and the fastest finish in the history of the UFC.
Jorge Masvidal has had that knee planned 💀
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 7, 2019
As you can see, Masvidal took his flying knee very seriously. He didn’t just want to beat Askren, he wanted to destroy him. That mission was successful. He was criticised by some analysts for hammer-fisting ‘Funky’ twice despite clearly being out. When asked in the post-fight press conference if the punches were necessary, he responded:
“They were super necessary. The referee hadn’t pulled me off, and my job is to hit somebody until the referee pulls me off. So to those people, I would say maybe don’t watch MMA. Go back to soccer.”
— Steve (@Mack_v2) July 7, 2019
Gamebred made it very clear that he was sick to death of Askren and the double standards of fighters being able to trash talk before a fight but not being allowed to show their feelings after. When he was criticised for his celebration in which he took glee from seeing Askren laid out, he said:
“That’s cool, but after a fight, 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 sh*t, because when I cross one of these real motherf**kers, they’re going to make me pay for it? They’re going to embarrass the sh*t out of me.”
— UFC (@ufc) July 8, 2019
For his part, Askren was very respectful towards Masvidal. You kind of how to be, when you’re wiped out in five seconds. He also has no issue with the trolling he’s received online since the KO. He told Ariel Helwani:
“I feel like I probably deserve it,” Askren said. “I’ve been antagonizing people for almost a decade now, and it never came up on the end of the stick. Now, I’m not reading everything they’re antagonizing me with. I’m just scrolling through it. I don’t want to dwell on that. But fair enough. I always figured that when this point happened, I’d get lit up. I’m not paying attention to it, but I’m sure I’m getting lit up.”
It will be interesting to see where he goes next.