Ben Askren Explains Why He Was Annoyed By Jorge Masvidal After His Loss To Colby Covington

Ben Askren also shares why he isn't surprised by Jorge Masvidal's three-fight skid.

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(via Ben Askren & Jorge Masvidal's Instagram pages)

Ben Askren has revealed the one thing Jorge Masvidal did that annoyed him at the end of UFC 272.

On March 5, Masvidal and Colby Covington had a grudge match inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was a ton of bad blood going into this one as “Gamebred” and “Chaos” are former teammates, roommates, and friends.

Ultimately, Masvidal had some moments but it was the pressure and grappling of Covington that made the difference. Covington won the fight via unanimous decision.

Askren was annoyed by Masvidal post-fight and he isn’t talking about the new tattoo.

Ben Askren Urged By Jorge Masvidal Post-Fight

During an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Ben Askren said that he didn’t quite understand why Masvidal attempted to fight Covington after the bout concluded when he had 25 minutes to do damage.

“It’s kinda what we expected. Yeah, I mean the thing that I get annoyed about is Jorge wanted to fight him after the fight. It’s like, you just had 25 minutes to do almost anything you wanted. You can’t eye gouge and bite, we have a couple of rules but not a lot. So, you could do whatever you wanted for 25 minutes and now you’re gonna act like you want more? Hey, you had 25 minutes, freakin’ do it to him.”

Masvidal Is Who He Is, Says Askren

Askren went on to say that he isn’t surprised by Masvidal’s three-fight skid. “Funky” feels “Gamebred” has been inconsistent throughout his career.

“This is who Jorge was, always. Never changed, you know? Unfortunately, he nailed me. Diaz isn’t really that great. So, that was a great fight for him but if you wanna look back at his mixed martial arts career, and people can get mad at me and say whatever they want but these are just facts. Look, he’s lost three in a row. Before that, he won three in a row. Before that, he lost two in a row. Before that, he won three in a row. Before that, he lost three of four, then he won three, then he lost one, then he won three. This is how his career went.”

Masvidal will need to go back to the drawing board having not won a fight since Nov. 2019. As for Covington, it’s a nice rebound victory for him as he was coming off a loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman in their Nov. 2021 rematch.

Published on March 9, 2022 at 2:44 pm
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