‘He Can Beat Any F****g Striker in the World’- Jorge Masvidal Gives a Shocking Compliment to Ben Askren

Published 07/28/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jorge Masvidal celebrates his win over Ben Askren in their welterweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jorge Masvidal suffered a brutal knockout loss against Kamaru Usman at UFC 261. It was a colossal blow for ‘Gamebred’ as his championship aspirations didn’t materialize because of that loss. Nevertheless, Masvidal has moved on from it and is looking to make his much-anticipated return to the UFC Octagon.

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The fight that made Masvidal the superstar that he is today was his knockout win against Ben Askren. ‘Funky’, an undefeated fighter at that time, talked a lot of trash leading up to the fight. However, Masvidal stole all that hype and elevated his status as a UFC superstar in the process.

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He can make your life hell. If you are not prepared for him, I feel like he can beat any fu**ing striker in the world. He is just a kryptonite to anybody that’s a good grappler, good striker,  You have to have certain tools to beat him,” said Masvidal in a recent interview.

Definitely not the greatest athlete, but one of the more stronger mental dudes. I mean just the fight with Robbie Lawler showed you how tough he was,” he added.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: Ben Askren celebrates his submission victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Askren made his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC 235. After surviving an early onslaught from the former champion, Askren earned a controversial submission win in his favor.

Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren: The fastest knockout in UFC history?

Askren was looking to secure a title shot for himself with a win over Masvidal. As he had ridiculed the ATT star all the way leading up to the fight, many believed Askren had gotten under Masvidal’s skin.

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However, it only backfired for ‘Funky‘ as Masvidal came out with a perfect game plan. He stood with his hands behind his back. The moment the referee signaled that the duo could fight, ‘Gamebred’ went off the gate in a full sprint and landed a brutal flying knee on Askren.

The contest lasted only 5 seconds. With his victory, Masvidal managed to register the fastest knockout in UFC history to his name. ‘Gamebred‘ became a superstar like never before with that win. And for Askren, it only went downhill from there.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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