Ben Askren was just on the wrong end of the fastest knockout
in UFC history.
Jorge Masvidal delivered a flying knee to Askren in the first round of their fight at UFC 239, ending their longtime trash-talking feud as well as Askren’s undefeated record in just five seconds.
Opening with a dead sprint at Askren, Masvidal lifted
himself into the air just as Askren level changed for a takedown. His right
knee connected with Askren’s face, and he crumpled to the ground. Masvidal got
a few unnecessary hammer fists in before the ref stopped the fight.
“Thank God Almighty for this journey. 16 years I’ve been on
this journey.” Masvidal said in his post fight interview. He proceeded to thank
his team and bemoan the fact that he couldn’t beat on Askren for the full 15
When asked by Joe Rogan how he knew the early takedown was coming, Masvidal’s simple response was “Because he’s a bum.”
Masvidal’s record now stands at 34-13, Askren’s at 19-1 and 1 NC.