Ben Askren Gutted to See Jorge Masvidal Get Title Shot Again Ahead of Colby Covington

Published 04/07/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


Jorge Masvidal is set to rematch Kamaru Usman at UFC 261. ‘Gamebred’ has been granted another shot at the title despite not fighting since his UFC 251 loss to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. But Masvidal’s former opponent Ben Askren doesn’t think the Miami native deserved the shot.

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‘Funky’ believes that Masvidal’s former training partner Colby Covington deserved the opportunity more than the BMF. ‘Chaos’ fought Usman at UFC 245 and had a very competitive fight. He got finished in the last moments of the final round, but the fight was evenly matched until then.

Referring to that Askren said, “Yeah, I didn’t think it made a whole lot of sense. He, he hasn’t won since the last Usman loss.

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Colby actually has and then, but just more, more than anything is it wasn’t competitive. He lost 50 to 45 I think some people because they like him, they want to try to remember it differently. But he lost every single round to those convincing enough that the judges went 10-8. Colby was 2 to 2 going into the fifth round with Usman and then he got knocked out,” Askren added.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Askren also predicted how the rematch between Masvidal and Usman will play out. The former ONE Championship and Bellator MMA welterweight champion believes that Usman will get it done again. “I mean, there’s obviously the factor of a Jorge could get a knockout, but I think probably most days Usman wins,” he added.

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal 2: Will the rematch be any different?

Both fighters will have a better assessment of their opponent having already fought once. The UFC’s BMF champion, Masvidal, stepped in on 6 days’ notice at UFC 251, but he will have a full training camp at his disposal this term. That might be a factor in the fight.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Jorge Masvidal looks on during the Welterweight bout between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal at The O2 Arena on March 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

But the champion will also know what to expect from his counterpart and will look to better his dominant performance the last term. However, with a striker like Masvidal, the possibility of him earning a knockout always is there. Nevertheless, fans are in for a show at the UFC 261 main event.

What did you make of Ben Askren‘s comments? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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