Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal exchanged some choice words when they came face to face at the UFC 239 media day on Thursday.
Askren chose to taunt his upcoming opponent to try and get a reaction. The UFC posted a clip of the exchange on their Twitter.
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“I’ve got a question,” Askren said. “All these reporters are asking me why you’re so mad? I’m kind of curious.”
“You are mad. Yeah, you can’t stand me, why not?” Askren added.
“I’m not mad,” Masvidal responded.
At the end of it all, Jorge Masvidal seemed unimpressed and unfazed by Ben Askren. “Gamebred” has been noticeably absent from previous UFC 239 media days and has criticized the trash-talking of Askren. Despite Masvidal claiming he does not want to engage, both fighters have made jabs over the past weeks. Masvidal has discussed ending Askren’s bloodline and Askren called him “sick” and “disturbing” for the comment.
“Come on, answer all them,” Askren said, motioning towards the reporters collected in the venue.
Jorge Masvidal then walked off the stage, making a neck slitting motion and smiling.
“That’s pretty funny old man,” he said as he exited. “I’m sure you came up with that on your own.”
Jorge Masvidal has suggested on many occasions that Ben Askren tries to get a reaction, but behind closed doors, he has nothing to say. During a recent encounter, he claimed that Askren froze when he approached him in a hotel earlier this week.
Both contenders have different approaches to pre-fight antics and both have different fighting styles. However, one thing they do have in common is a strong self-belief that they will win at UFC 239. Who do you think will com out on top?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 7/5/2019.