Ben Askren says it is “obvious” that Jorge Masvidal is ducking Gilbert Burns: “Obviously he is declining”

By Harry Kettle - November 21, 2022

Ben Askren believes that Jorge Masvidal is ducking Gilbert Burns due to an ongoing decline in his abilities.

Jorge Masvidal, Ben Askren

Back in 2019, Jorge Masvidal was the biggest thing going in mixed martial arts. With Conor McGregor being on the shelf and Khabib Nurmagomedov only fighting once, Masvidal stepped up to the plate with three fights in an incredible twelve-month period.

He beat Darren Till and Nate Diaz, but his most notable triumph came over Ben Askren.

With just five seconds gone in the contest, Masvidal landed a vicious flying knee and knocked Askren out cold.

In the present day, however, he’s coming off the back of three straight losses.

‘Gamebred’ has been heavily linked with a match-up against Gilbert Burns. According to ‘Durinho’, however, Jorge has been ducking him.

In the wake of Masvidal’s rebuttal, Askren has hit out at his former rival.

“Let’s be real, Gilbert is a terrible fight for Jorge. Obviously he is declining”

Jorge Masvidal is in his late 30s and as an assumption, it’s not outrageous to think his best days are behind him. That’s especially noteworthy given the kind of form Gilbert Burns has shown in this latest run of his MMA career.

Askren goes after Masvidal

Ben Askren, as we all know, no longer competes in the sport. He instead focuses his attention on coaching and, predominantly, the world of wrestling.

We’re unlikely to see a rematch between the pair but this confirms one thing – these men are forever going to be intertwined in their careers, and probably lives.

Do you agree with Ben Askren regarding Jorge Masvidal being on the decline? If we do see Masvidal go up against Gilbert Burns, will he put his unofficial BMF title on the line? Let us know your thoughts on this and more in the comments, BJPENN Nation!

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