Askren-Masvidal For UFC 239
Jorge Masvidal may not get a welterweight title shot, but does get a big fight at UFC 239 against Ben Askren.
Askren was inside the O2 Arena when Masvidal dropped former welterweight title challenger, Darren Till in the main event of UFC Fight Night London, in hopes to score a fight with Till.
Yet it will be the winner who gets the spoils, as the two will be squaring off on July 6th at UFC 239 from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Masvidal had choice words prior to the fight being made, over Askren refusing to have a rematch with Robbie Lawler, after a controversial submission win at UFC 235.
“As a man, as a fighter, having pride in what I do, I choke somebody out, or I think choke them out, but when I see the replay and see the guy put the thumbs up, in my head, I would say, ‘Man, I didn’t choke this guy out,’” Masvidal told MMA Junkie on fight week. “And as a man, having pride, I would say, ‘Let’s do it again,’ especially after he (expletive) decapitated me on the slam, busted up my face. ‘Let’s go it again,’ because I definitely didn’t choke you out. Because I’ve never seen nobody go to sleep like this. That’s the first.
“But that’s how much of a weasel and coward he is. No, no, I’m gone already. I wouldn’t dare repeat that route again. That just shows you his character. He’s a (expletive).”
UFC 239 will also feature Jon Jones’ second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos, while Amanda Nunes will defend the UFC bantamweight title against former champion Holly Holm in the co-main event.
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