Jorge Masvidal vows to torture Ben Askren at UFC 239, ‘show you how much of a coward he is’

Jorge Masvidal views his UFC 239 fight with Ben Askren as one of the most personal of his career.

Masvidal (33-13 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is one of the more experienced fighters in the game, having gone through various organizations over different eras since making his professional debut in May 2003. He’s seen it all, but Askren (19-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) brings out a side in him that few others have.

“Gamebred” takes pride in keeping it real, and he said Askren is the opposite of that. Masvidal doesn’t like how his upcoming opponent conducts himself, calling the undefeated former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder “fake.”

“If we train, and you come to American Top Team, and I tap you out twice, I’m not going to ever talk about that because that’s not my glory – that’s (expletive) training,” Masvidal said Tuesday on the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with UFC commentator Joe Rogan. “I don’t give a (expletive) about that; I already forgot about that. There’s some people who violate that man-code of gym. He’s that type of pussy. He’s talking about that story. He came to American Top Team, and after I dumped him on his head he kept wrestling, he out scrambled me, and he beat me wrestling. Two-time national champion wrestler, and you’re proud of that? That just shows me his character. He’s not who he pretends to be.

“Then he talks so much online. I would respect him if he if he had held to his guns, but I saw him in London (last month before fighting Darren Till), and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to spare you. I’m not going to say nothing until after your fight.’ Ben, don’t do me no (expletive) favors, say whatever the (expletive) you want. He wished me luck. Like, why are you doing this, man? You’re not that person you pretend to be online. You’re a fake-ass (expletive), you’re selling something to the public that is not there obviously, and you’re a coward. And if people don’t believe me, tune in (to UFC 239) and I’ll show you how much of a coward he is.”

UFC 239 takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Masvidal vs. Askren is likely to be part of the pay-per-view main card following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

When asked bluntly if there’s anything he likes about Askren, Masvidal said he can’t come up with “one bit” of anything. Masvidal sees no redeeming qualities, and that includes a fighting ability that’s racked up 19 consecutive wins and titles in two major organizations.

Moreover, Masvidal is of the belief Askren was gifted his first octagon victory. Askren made his promotional debut at UFC 235 in March and defeated Robbie Lawler with a controversial technical submission. There are splintered opinions about whether the stoppage was legitimate, and clearly Masvidal sides with those who feel the outcome was unjust.

“He’s an attention whore like, ‘Look at me, look at me,’” Masvidal said. “I don’t even like his fighting style. I like a lot of wrestler’s fighting style because if that is what you do and you’re winning, good for you. But when your sole purpose is just to hug somebody’s leg as long as possible – and he didn’t win (the Lawler) fight in my eyes.”

Masvidal returned to the octagon from a 16-month layoff in March and delivered a vicious one-punch knockout of Darren Till to put himself in the title contender mix at 170 pounds. He said he doesn’t want that type of victory over Askren, though. Instead Masvidal wants to drag it out and make Askren’s first defeat utterly agonizing.

“I’m going to break his (expletive) face, I’m going to break his (expletive) ribcage,” Masvidal said. “I don’t want to knock him out early. I want to torture that guy. If I can torture him for 14 minutes and 50 seconds before I stop him, that’s what I’ll do. I don’t like the dude. I met him a long time ago. He’s an (expletive) prick. There’s not too many people I genuinely dislike. He’s one of them.”

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