Jorge Masvidal feels confident in his ability to best Ben Askren even in a grappling match.
Masvidal emerged as a star following his UFC 239 victory over Askren. “Gamebred” set a record for the fastest knockout in UFC history. His flying knee iced “Funky” in just five seconds.
BJPenn Radio was able to catch up with Masvidal following the historic win. Masvidal said he’s open to a grappling match with Askren as long as some money is on the table:
“I love to wrestle, and I would’ve loved to prove that against this guy that he can not hold me down,” Jorge Masvidal said on BJPenn.com Radio, sharing his regret that his light speed win deprived him of the chance to out-grapple Askren. “I’m going to have to grapple him one of these days. When I’m bored of this fighting stuff and I need to make some quick cash, I’m going to call him up ‘Yo Ben, I’m going to spank you up bro, in some grappling just to show you who the alpha of alphas is.’ It might sound real rude and [like] I’m out of my mind, but in a five-minute setting or in a cage type setting grappling, I could give this guy hell man.
“It’s not that I’d like to grapple him, but I know I could beat the dude,” he added later. “Do I care for it? It’ll happen, I’m sure, one day. Some promotion will call us up, offer us some money for me to drop this guy on his face, and I’ll prove to the world he wasn’t going to win that fight grappling either. I know it and he knows it, but I’m showing it to the rest of the motherf*ckers watching.”
Masvidal now finds himself in the welterweight title picture. While Colby Covington was going to be next in line for a title opportunity, he ended up taking a fight with Robbie Lawler set for Aug. 3 at UFC Newark.