In the matchup that the MMA community had their eyes on — even more than the two championship fights — at UFC 239, the matchup finally happened in Las Vegas at the culmination of the 2019 International Fight Week as Ben Askren took on Jorge Masvidal. The welterweight bout took place during the UFC 239 main card at T-Mobile Arena.
Askren was looking to make it a perfect 20-0 in his professional career, as well as a perfect 2-0 since signing with the UFC in the historic trade that sent Demetrious Johnson to One Championship. In “Funky’s” long-awaited UFC debut at UFC 235, he was slammed and rocked early by Robbie Lawler but was able to survive. Askren would go on to controversially submit Lawler later in the opening round to leave the Octagon with a victory.
Masvidal has had a sour taste in his mouth when it comes to Askren since he entered the UFC and wanted nothing more than to put a vicious beating on his opponent. “Gamebred”, after losing back-to-back decisions to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson, picked up the biggest win of his career in March when he finished Darren Till in the second round of the UFC on ESPN+ 5 main event. The stakes heading into this fight seemed very high as the winner, very likely, would be looking at a chance to face Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title.
Here is how the fight went down between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239, including round-by-round scoring.
To catch up on everything that has happened throughout the night at the event, you can get full UFC 239 results right here.
The Vegas crowd is certainly fired up for this one. Jason Herzog gets them ready and they are jawing away. Masvidal comes out with a huge flying knee!!! Masvidal lands a pair of huge right hands and it is all over just like that! The fastest knockout in UFC history belongs to Jorge Masvidal. Ben Askren is badly, badly hurt.
HE KNOCKED HIM OUT IN FIVE SECONDS!
Fastest KO in UFC history 😱 pic.twitter.com/qt1g0qfTzg
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) July 7, 2019
Official result: Jorge Masvidal def. Ben Askren via KO – Round 1, :05
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