Ben Askren responds to warning from Jorge Masvidal

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Speaking on the latest episode of BJPenn.com Radio, Jorge Masvidal warned that if his UFC 239 opponent Ben Askren gets too close ahead of their July 6 fight, he could wind up getting the same treatment as Leon Edwards — a three-piece and a soda.

In layman’s terms, a few punches outside the cage.

“If Ben violates my personal space at any moment to where I feel a threat, yeah, it’s going to happen, the same thing that happened with Leon, if Leon’s across the room and I’m not doing an interview and he’s talking s**t, well whatever man, f**k it,” Masvidal said of Ben Askren.

“You’re at a safe distance, but it’s just, people have to understand it’s built into me to go into defense mode if somebody violates my personal space,” he continued. “I don’t know, as well as I can read body language, I really don’t know what somebody’s intentions are. I don’t know if he’s going to come over and be like, ‘boom roasted’ or some corny ass shit like that or if he’s going to try to double flip me.

“I don’t know these things so, as long as he keeps his distance from me, ain’t going to be no problems you know? If he’s at a distance where I’m unsafe and I feel threatened you know? Yeah, I think things will happen.”

It didn’t take long for Ben Askren to respond to this warning from Jorge Masvidal. He says he plans to “take care of” his foe in the cage.

“Don’t worry 15 minutes on July 6 will be more than enough time for me to take care of him,” Ben Askren wrote on Twitter.

Do you think Askren and Masvidal can keep their fists off each other until fight night?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/19/2019.