Askren, an erstwhile ONE Championship titleholder, uploaded an image showcasing his athletic body and wrote, “My physical form has remained solid during retirement. I harbor no interest in facing off with anyone except that loser, Jorge.”
Masvidal’s retort to a message from Askren caught public attention during a TMZ Sports interview. “Gamebred” welcomed the opportunity to step out of retirement to engage with the wrestling star using his fists alone.
“Listen up, Ben,” he retorted. “I can whip you with both my hands tied. You are pathetic at boxing. You admitted it yourself. See, I’ll only agree to a rematch in boxing, jerk. People will definitely watch because I can’t knee you in the face, right? Perhaps Ben can ‘have it his way’ now.
“Hey, Ben, get lost, you’re stepping out of retirement. I’ll force you back into it, jerk. This guy is something else. They shouldn’t have shown me that comment, you lame jerk.”
Following this, Askren shared a text message he claimed to have sent to Dana White, the UFC President, indicating his preference for a rematch in the octagon.
“The ball is in your court, Mr. BMF,” penned Askren.
“No, I won’t box Jorge,” Askren later wrote. “If Jorge were a true BMF, he would agree to an MMA rematch instead of being a coward.”
Four years prior, Masvidal and Askren had a face-off in the octagon, leading to stunningly harsh results. Askren was immediately knocked out by a flying knee from Masvidal as he attempted a takedown, which established a UFC record for the quickest knockout at 5 seconds and skyrocketed Masvidal to instant fame. This clash also led to Masvidal claiming the “BMF” title, which is set to be contested again in a rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje at UFC 291 on Saturday.
Askren retired from MMA in 2019 but reappeared in the boxing ring two years later to face internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul. A powerful punch from Paul knocked him out in the first round at 1:59.
Masvidal, a two-time welterweight title contender, remained active in the octagon until April, when he incurred his fourth successive loss during a bout with Gilbert Burns.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ben Askren-Jorge Masvidal rematch
How did Ben Askren respond to Jorge Masvidal’s callout for a rematch?
Askren responded by posting a photo of his in-shape body and commenting that he has no desire to fight anyone but Masvidal. He later posted what he claimed was a text to Dana White, indicating his preference for a rematch in the MMA format.
What were the results of the previous match between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal?
In their previous encounter four years ago, Masvidal knocked out Askren with a flying knee during an immediate takedown attempt by Askren. This match led to Masvidal claiming the “BMF” title and setting the UFC’s record for fastest knockout at 5 seconds.
What was the result of Ben Askren’s boxing match with Jake Paul?
Askren was knocked out in the first round at 1:59 by a strong punch from Jake Paul.
What is the recent fight history of Jorge Masvidal?
Masvidal, a two-time welterweight title contender, continued to fight in the octagon until April, when he suffered his fourth consecutive loss in a bout against Gilbert Burns.