Jorge Masvidal did mark the fastest knockout in the UFC against Ben Askren with a flying knee, but he was already 95% certain of it even before the fight.
It has been nearly four years since UFC 239 where the world was mesmerized by “Gamebred” and his five-second knockout of Askren- courtesy of a brutal flying knee from Masvidal which dropped Askren to the canvas motionless, and it is still often brought up for discussion.
The pair had been involved in heavy trash talk leading up to the fight. While Askren claimed that he would put his wrestling skills to use against Masvidal, the latter was already planning the finishing move.
I just knew I had to invade his space: Jorge Masvidal
During a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Jorge Masvidal recalled the fice second KO finish.
“When I saw him (Ben Askren) face-to-face every time and it was straight my IQ versus yours and my improvisation versus your improvisation,” Masvidal told Rogan. “Maybe you have been thinking about some stupid s**t for like a month and you will say it to me now. But he froze every single time, there were a lot of encounters we had off-camera. Every single time, it was unscripted like that, just spur of the moment, couldn’t keep it together. I was like, I not only need to run at him, but I need to have a change of speed because that is going to make him go to his natural crotch-sniffing instincts.”
“If I just change the speed on him, he is going to f****g duck. That is why I came out slow, cut the little angle and let him oh okay we are going to circle it up,” the 38-year-old went on, “as soon as I change speed what does he do? Go to his f****g initial instincts as a crotch sniffer. Go sniff the crotch. Instead, you are going to kiss this knee goodbye, though.
“When I’m doing it the night before I’m like 95 percent certain because of the way he is acting all week,” said Masvidal, “all I have to do at any given moment is just get this guy uncomfortable. Go from chill to invading his space, whether it was in the opening bout or in the second round, or midway through the third round. I just knew I had to invade his space and he was going to go to his natural instincts. I know I keep saying it, but I just knew it, the way he would freeze up every time we talked, the way he walked, the way he would get stiff, I just knew.” [H/T BJPenn.com]
The 5-second flying knee KO of Askren earned Jorge Masvidal a shot at the Symbolic ‘BMF’ title against Nate Diaz at UFC 244, a fight which he won via 3rd round TKO. Since then, however, “The Street Jesus” has been on a downhill, having lost three back to back fights- twice against Kamaru Usman, and in his most recent outing against Colby Covington.