Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren

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Masvidal's Flying Knee KO Of Ben Askren

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July 08, 2019 - 10:54 am
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If it wasn’t for KL and PG going to the Clippers, the most stunning result from the weekend would’ve been what went down at UFC 239 on Saturday night. I’m not talking about Jon Jones being taken to the limit. Or Amanda Nunes establishing herself as an absolute legend.

I am talking about Jorge Masvidal v. Ben Askren. In case you did not know going into that fight, Masvidal and Askren do not like each other. Askren has a habit of getting under the skin of his opponents.

And Masvidal was no different: “I just don’t like the dude. He’s a corny idiot. He meets people and he’s trying to come up with jokes about them right away and see if he’s the alpha or whatever. I don’t do that. If I just met you, I don’t (expletive) with you. I give you your space. Don’t (expletive) with me because maybe something might happen. I just don’t like the dude, man.”

The thing is, Askren was undefeated in MMA. Not only had nobody beaten him, but there was a school of thought emerging that nobody could beat him.

And when they stepped into the cage, the talking continued, right up until the start of the fight. Roll it.

Holy crap! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that and I still can’t get over it. Masvidal went running across the cage and dropped him with a knee in under five seconds. And then landed a couple of shots on Askren while he was on the canvas before the ref could separate them. And even when the ref ended the fight, Masvidal was still talking junk, as Askren was napping it out on the canvas. 

I always thought Conor ending Aldo in 11 seconds was the most ridiculous KO of all-time, but Masvidal made 11 seconds seem like an eternity. Run that back again.

The announcer hasn’t even had a chance to finish the promo for the fight clock, before the fight is over.

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And that wasn’t a fluke. That was something Masvidal had locked and loaded. He was going to break that out to start the fight. And he had a bunch of reasons for it, but none better than his response in the cage when Joe Rogan asked him about it.

Damn, that was so good. Why the flying knee? Cuz he’s a bum. Actual bumsmack in the octagon. And yes, I’m going to allow it. As Askren himself might say: Boom! Roasted!

And no, that does not give you losers license to come in here with your tired zingers about how Ben Askren uses shrimp as a Bluetooth. Don’t make this about you.

Keep it about Masvidal. And show some respect for the fact that he says I’m not the best at cutting promos, then he starts to walk off and then comes back to say, you guys are welcome for ending that dude.

That is outstanding. And there’s more: "He's so predictable, man. He's a scrub. A part of me wanted to just throw it out there so he knew, if you do shoot [for a takedown], like an idiot, like you only know how to, your head's going to get clipped, and then I would put the brakes on him and beat him up for 14 minutes and 30 seconds and execute him. Or, you know, he took the bait. ... He walked right into it."

To recap: according to Masvidal, Askren is a bum, a scrub, and an idiot. And walked right into that hospital job. And you’re welcome.

And Masvidal wasn’t done with Askren when the fight was over. He was still landing haymakers at the presser afterwards.

That is one of the most legendary nights in UFC history. A five second knockout of an undefeated fighter and an absolutely legendary presser afterwards. There are so many great moments in that.

My job is to hit someone until the referee pulls me off.

And if you have an issue with that, go watch soccer.

I’m not sure what’s more lethal – the flying knee to the head or the fire he was spitting afterwards.

And there’s still more. He actually seemed disappointed that it was over so quickly: “My whole vision of this, if you could get inside my head and my thought process, was me beating his ass for 14 minutes and then putting him out like that. I really wanted to hurt him for as long as I could for as much as I could: destroy his kneecaps, bust his ribs, make him piss blood and then send him home packing. In a way, I think he got off easy.”

But he also wants to make something clear: “This is not a beef; I just don’t like my co-worker, you could say. This is not a beef. This is just some idiot I don’t like. My job, thank God, and some of you guys are going to be jealous of this, I get to punch that co-worker in the face.”

I’m going to take his word that it’s not a beef, but my advice to Askren is: Masvidal says it’s not a beef, but if you’re looking for actual beef, go to Kroger. Or Von’s. Or Food Lion. Or Trader Joe’s. Anything but Whole Foods.  

Because if you show up in a Whole Foods, looking for the right Morningstar bacon or some fresh asparagus water, you’re liable to get a flying knee to the head. Because Masvidal is not done. And Masvidal is not playing. 

You’re welcome. The most amazing five seconds ever: and the aftermath was even better.