Jorge Masvidal had a very interesting response to those who criticised him for his follow-up shots and subsequent taunting of his opponent Ben Askren.
Masvidal, who is now the owner of the fastest KO in UFC history, vaulted towards Funky as soon as the opening bell rang, his knee colliding directly with the dome of the famed wrestler, ending his night brutally and completely unexpectedly.
When asked by the media during his post-fight press conference if his punches to the clearly-unconscious Askren and the post-fight taunting that followed were unnecessary, Masvidal’s answer was pretty watertight, all things considered.
“They were super necessary. The referee hadn’t pulled me off yet, and my job is to hit somebody until the referee pulls me off. So to those people, I would say maybe don’t watch MMA. Go back to soccer.
“There’s not too many people [that I’ve fought] that I’ve disliked. I have over fifty pro-fights and he is one of them.
“He talked about my manhood, he talked about my culture, my ethnicity. Where do we draw [the line?]… Why do certain people get do stuff [like that].
“So everything is cool before a fight, you’re allowed to do and say anything you want – like other fighters are doing, talking about people’s religion, wife, even kids – but after a fight I’m not allowed to showboat and rub it in your face?
“Guys like you should see that and be like ‘maybe I don’t talk so much shit because when I cross one of these real motherf**kers, they’re going to make me pay for it man, they’re going to embarrass the sh*t out of me.’
“And it’s not over for Ben either, he still has to deal with me. If I see him at Whole Foods I’m going to slap that dude up because I don’t like him.”
Watch Masvidal’s mastery on the mic in full below:
JORGE MASVIDAL IS COLD AF!!! pic.twitter.com/ih1dYpRZR7
— Liam (@mmaLiam96) July 7, 2019
Ben himself didn’t seem to begrudge Gamebred for those follow-up shots or the gloating that following, telling Ariel Helwani the following during a recent appearance on his ESPN chat-shot.
“I antagonized the shit out of him. That was on purpose. I was trying to first get him to accept the fight, second then make him mad.
“Like those extra punches, it’s fine. It’s probably what should be expected in a scenario like that.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena