‘I Made You Famous’- Ben Askren Hits Back at Jorge Masvidal for his Relentless Social Media Humiliation

Published 03/29/2021, 12:03 AM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren has seemingly had enough of Jorge Masvidal and his relentless online trolling. ‘Gamebred’ who has resurfaced in Ben Askren’s professional circle after training Jake Paul for their fight has used every opportunity to troll Askren. However, ‘Funky’ Ben wasn’t having it and hit back at Masvidal for comments he made in the latest tweet.

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Chiefly, Jorge Masvidal continues to reference his 2019 match-up with Ben Askren where he won the fight in five seconds.

The infamous flying knee to Ben Askren’s dome has been a frequently mentioned instance for trolling. However, Askren looked at things a little differently and pointed out the same to Jorge Masvidal.

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While it’s true that Masvidal was popular heading into his fight with Askren, his stardom was boosted after their fight. On the other hand, Ben Askren was one of the most polarizing figures to step into the UFC and was coming off a controversial first fight. In a weird way, both men left the octagon with highly elevated profiles following that fateful night at UFC 239.

Ben Askren: Life after MMA

The former Olympian retired in late 2019 after being choked out by Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night in October. He appeared on Ariel Helwani’s show not long after the defeat and announced that he was done with MMA. Askren had taken a lot of damage throughout his professional career and wasn’t keen on compounding the same.

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With news that he would undergo hip surgery, it was widely believed that the combat sports community had seen the last of ‘Funky’ Ben. However, 2021 brought him out of retirement for a debut in boxing no less. Askren will take on 2-0 Jake Paul in a matter of weeks in what will be one of the most viewed spectacles of the year.

Chiefly, Askren’s increased aggravation towards Masvidal stemmed from the fact that ‘Gamebred’ has trained Paul. Not to mention, ‘The Problem Child’ and Masvidal face timed during the press conference and were back to taking shots. However, Askren has an opportunity to have the last laugh and is seemingly keen to take it.

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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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