And what’s next for the top welterweight contender? A title shot is definitely on Masvidal’s mind, but when asked on MMA Junkie Radio if he would consider a rematch with Askren next or down the line, Masvidal could only laugh.
“You said like like fighting, like with punches and kicks? You think that dude would fight me again?” Masvidal asked back. “We can’t speak of things that are no longer present here. That’s almost disrespectful, because if someone’s dead I don’t want to talk about them. We shouldn’t talk about Ben like that, man, because that dude is no longer with us.
“I can’t. That dude would have to be a maniac to sign the contract again. ‘You know what, let me give it another go at this thing with this guy.’ It’s not too keen on me, bro. There’s no way. That’ll never happen.”
The flying knee knockout was executed to perfection by Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC), who stormed across the octagon with killer intentions. Although Askren was out cold from the initial blow, “Gamebred” proceeded to follow up with two extra blows, inflicting even more damage.
American Top Team head coach Mike Brown released a video that shows Masvidal drilling that exact move before the fight. While Masvidal would have loved to punish Askren for 15 minutes, he admits he can’t be mad with a record-breaking finish.
“It’s a different type of high for me because I saw it in my head a long time ago,” Masvidal said. “So just to make it come true, it tells me that my plans worked. In that sense, it feels more amazing.”
And Masvidal doesn’t see how Askren would have had any success throughout the fight. Masvidal has proven to possess a very well rounded skill set, having taken on plenty of top contenders throughout his career.
“I broke the record. I’m happy,” Masvidal said. “I would have loved to beat him up for 14 minutes so I truly felt, the way my defensive skills line up as far as stand up and wrestling goes put together, I would have made it a nightmare for him to ever get to my leg. Just to start the fight with the athleticism that I have and the way that my defensive maneuvers are in standing, the way I can move my feet, I’d be a nightmare for him to get to my leg, so I wanted to show that to him.
“It sucks he couldn’t get passed Level 1, the chin checkers.”
Having developed multiple trademarks, the “three piece and a soda” along with the hands-behind-his-back stance, Masvidal has been climbing his way up to UFC stardom. Saturday night could not have gone down more perfectly.
“I definitely needed the hands behind the back just to get him worked up extra, to be like, ‘OK, I’m coming for you,’” Masvidal said. “It was perfect.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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