‘Cowards Run Away’- Ben Askren Rips Nate Diaz for Backing Away From Jorge Masvidal

Published 11/24/2021, 5:15 AM EST
Ben Askren celebrates after beating Robbie Lawler in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren recently went after UFC star Nate Diaz on Twitter after a scathing comment by Diaz. Chiefly, Diaz retweeted an article in an attempt to take a jab at YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul.

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However, in the process of his verbal attack, he ended up insulting Ben Askren as well, an act Askren didn’t take too kindly to.

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Ben Askren was quick to return fire, and he immediately dismissed Nate Diaz on Twitter. He put out a video that saw Nate Diaz taking a backward step in his fight against Jorge Masvidal back in 2019. Stockton’s second son backed up just as Masvidal threatened to throw a flying knee and Askren made sure to slip in a verbal jab.

Ben Askren certainly knows all about not backing away from flying knees thrown by Masvidal given what happened at UFC 239. ‘Gamebred’ earned the fastest knockout in UFC history, standing at five seconds for the concussive blow he landed on Askren. The verbal jab put out by Askren is on-brand with his typical self-deprecating style of humor.

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Diaz and Askren certainly grabbed all the headlines along with Jake Paul for their triple threat-styled feud on Twitter. At one point, Ben Askren expressed an interest to come out of retirement and challenge Nate Diaz in MMA. Askren retired in October 2019 and hasn’t actively competed in the sport of MMA since then.

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However, he appears to be supremely confident in his skills and wants to be Diaz’s final fight on his current contract. There is some speculation about whether Nate Diaz will choose to walk away from the UFC after his contract expires. He certainly will be a hot free agent and may venture into the world of boxing moving forward.

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While it’s unlikely that the UFC will bring back ‘Funky’ Ben for a one-off against Nate Diaz, stranger things have happened in MMA. Fans will be glued to social media to see if this rivalry continues going in the days to come.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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