Askren Tells Edwards He’s Too Boring For Masvidal
After getting into a backstage fight with Jorge Masvidal, it was assumed the two were going to have a sanctioned fight at UFC 239.
Now, it will be Ben Askren squaring off with Masvidal on July 6th, leaving Edwards out in the cold. While Dana White explained that Edwards is ranked to low to be considered for the fight with Masvidal, Askren believes its because Leon Edwards is boring.
“No, not at all. Do I feel bad that he got punched in the face? Yeah. I don’t like sucker-punching. I guess I do feel bad for that part. Do I feel bad because he’s not getting the fight? Not at all,” said Askren on a recent appearance on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.
“This is what Leon Edwards doesn’t understand; he’s asking, ‘Why is Ben Askren in London?’ It’s like, Leon, do you see all the numbers I am getting on pretty much every social media? Do you see why Ariel has me on every single week? It’s because people, for some reason, and I don’t know why, people now find me at least semi-interesting and they want to see me get in the Octagon. So you need to do something similar to yourself and then you will be able to get the bigger fights.”
Askren had his own run-in with Masvidal at UFC Fight Night London, but he feels Masvidal blew things out of proportion.
“I’m standing upstairs, then he walks up the stairs. So I say, ‘Hey, Jorge is here.’ And then he gets pissed. It doesn’t take anything to piss these guys off, it’s kind of funny. Just like the Marty scene. All I said was, ‘You are not going to make me sit next to Marty, are you?’ And he got irate,” explained Ben.
“It doesn’t not take much to make these guys mad. It’s kind of hilarious. So he starts cussing at me, I look at him, smile and he walks by to do his interview and that was it. Obviously I am not going to fight this guy in the hotel, I fight in the Octagon for a lot of money,” added Ben.
“But there was definitely no running away or me wishing him good luck or anything like that. It was a simple exchange and I don’t know why he felt the need to lie about it.”
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