Ben Askren responds to ‘sick and disturbing’ comments from Jorge Masvidal

By Natasha Hooper - June 26, 2019

Ben Askren discusses why he believes Jorge Masvidal was not at two UFC 239 press events and addresses some ‘sick and disturbing’ comments ‘Gamebred’ made about his family bloodline.


Askren had no problem firing back at Masvidal, who he will be fighting at UFC 239, especially for the recent comments he made regarding his family.

Interestingly, Masvidal has not been attending the UFC 239 press days. Ben Askren added that he believes ‘Gamebred’ is consumed with anger which is why he did not attend. Askren also hypothesis’s that this anger will negatively impact Masvidal during their upcoming fight. He said:

‘He knows in a battle of words, it’s going to get ugly for him. We talked about it earlier how he has this insane amount of dislike. He said something fucking ridiculous last week about how he wants to end my bloodline which I thought was hilarious because I already have three kids. Unless you plan on murdering the rest of my family which is pretty sick and disturbing, you’re not gonna end my bloodline Jorge ‘cos I have three children.’

Askren’s statement addresses a comment Masvidal made when he appeared on CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast.

“I just want to f— him up. I don’t think anything of him,” Masvidal said. “I’m going to make sure his bloodline doesn’t reproduce or nothing after July 6. Extinction of the Aksren blood by the Masvidal blood.”

Ben Askren responded,  ‘When you say stuff that is as crazy as that is, it’s so obvious that I’m under your skin.  I make you upset, and you can’t even verbalise why I make you upset. You know if we come in contact again, that’s only going to get worse. It going to get worse and worse and worse. And generally speaking, a high majority of the time, people who are that angry fight very poorly.’

During the UFC 239 media conference, Askren reiterated the same sentiment: ‘I think I’m very far in his head and under his skin,’ he said.

Will Jorge Masvidal’s anger towards Ben Askren help or hinder him when he steps inside the Octagon? Find out at UFC 239 on Saturday July 6th.