AWvsCBsteeeerike3 wrote:Haven't paid much if any attention to MMA in a while and didn't even know who Askren was, but just watched the highlight of the fight. Dayum.
Askren was a legendary collegiate wrestler at Mizzou, was on the Olympic team and then transitioned to MMA but fought in other non-UFC promotions. Undefeated, championship belts, etc. He's a smart jock who thinks he's smart smart. He's not. He's a MAGA guy who thinks being a constant contrarian makes him smart and just never shuts up. Jorge Masvidal is a Miami dude who came up street fighting in the same back yards as Kimbo Slice. Transitioned to MMA, has had some up's and downs, but has over 50 fights.
Basically one was an overrated suburban keyboard warrior trash talker with one great skill and the other dude is a street fighter who takes trash talk personally and doesn't play around.
If they fought again, I'm pretty sure Masvidal wins, but it's not a given. This KO was a fluke and just an unbelievable moment of sports karma. To give Askren credit, he really is smarter than most fighters/jocks, and his trash talk is usually pretty fun and not hateful. He's just an antagonist. The frustrating thing is when he signed with the UFC, it looked like we'd finally get to see how good he actually is, and we still have no idea because both of fights ended in incredibly fluky ways.