The fighter, who was beaten in a mere five seconds, says he has nothing to complain about with what went down at UFC 239.
“I got nothing to hide from,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “Obviously, mistakes happen, losses happen. Saturday night was definitely not ideal for (me). I got nothing to complain about.”
Askren was defeated in just five seconds by Masvidal, which is the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
While a flying knee strike is what knocked Askren out at the event, it is a moment that Askren doesn’t remember at all.
“Saturday night was least traumatizing for me,” Askren said. “There’s a little part of my memory that’s blank there. I remember being in the cage with him. I don’t really remember the flying knee. Then, when I can recall, I remember everything. Like, ‘Oh (expletive), I lost to Jorge Masvidal. This freaking sucks.’ Everyone else is more worried about me than I’m worried about myself. I didn’t really have any pain of any sort. Not a headache. Nothing on my face hurts. So it was just like, ‘Oh, Jesus. I lost to Jorge Masvidal. How did I lose to him? How fast was it?’ I could tell it was pretty fast because I wasn’t sweaty or sore or anything. I knew it was fast. I didn’t know exactly how fast it was. Apparently, I set a record of some sort.”
While the five second knockout will go down in UFC history, it will also go down as the first loss in Askren’s professional MMA career.