Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren will go to war in a few months, with their battle taking place on the UFC 239 card.
The welterweight veteran doesn’t just plan on defeating Askren at the event, but plans on torturing the fighter as well.
“I’m going to break his (expletive) face, I’m going to break his (expletive) ribcage,” Masvidal said on The Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “I don’t want to knock him out early. I want to torture that guy. If I can torture him for 14 minutes and 50 seconds before I stop him, that’s what I’ll do. I don’t like the dude. I met him a long time ago. He’s an (expletive) prick. There’s not too many people I genuinely dislike. He’s one of them.”
Askren and Masvidal had previously trained together for a short time at American Top Team (ATT), which is something Askren recently spoke about at the UFC Seasonal Press Conference.
Masvidal says Askren broke the man code when he brought up those training encounters during the press conference.
“If we train, and you come to American Top Team, and I tap you out twice, I’m not going to ever talk about that because that’s not my glory – that’s (expletive) training,” Masvidal said. “I don’t give a (expletive) about that; I already forgot about that. There’s some people who violate that man-code of gym. He’s that type of pussy. He’s talking about that story. He came to American Top Team, and after I dumped him on his head he kept wrestling, he out scrambled me, and he beat me wrestling. Two-time national champion wrestler, and you’re proud of that? That just shows me his character. He’s not who he pretends to be. Then he talks so much online. I would respect him if he if he had held to his guns, but I saw him in London (last month before fighting Darren Till), and he goes, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to spare you. I’m not going to say nothing until after your fight.’ Ben, don’t do me no (expletive) favors, say whatever the (expletive) you want. He wished me luck. Like, why are you doing this, man? You’re not that person you pretend to be online. You’re a fake-ass (expletive), you’re selling something to the public that is not there obviously, and you’re a coward. And if people don’t believe me, tune in (to UFC 239) and I’ll show you how much of a coward he is.”
UFC 239 takes place on Saturday, July 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Thiago Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.