Ben Askren Sets Record Straight With Jorge Masvidal, Trolls Leon Edwards

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Earlier this week, Ben Askren offered some life advice for Leon Edwards. Then he set the record straight between himself and Jorge Masvidal. Well, at least according to Askren.

Askren, who now has a victory inside the Octagon (albeit a controversial one), had a very busy day. He trolled Edwards, then went on to tell his side of the altercation between himself and Masvidal at a London hotel. He did all this while appearing on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN earlier today. (h/t”

“Do I feel bad that he got punched in the face? Yeah. I don’t like sucker-punching, Askren said when asked about the Masvidal three-piece and a soda attack on Edwards. I guess I do feel bad for that part. Do I feel bad because he’s not getting the fight? Not at all.”.

“This is what Leon Edwards doesn’t understand; he’s asking, ‘Why is Ben Askren in London?’ It’s like, Leon, do you see all the numbers I am getting on pretty much every social media? Do you see why Ariel has me on every single week? It’s because people, for some reason, and I don’t know why, people now find me at least semi-interesting and they want to see me get in the Octagon. So you need to do something similar to yourself and then you will be able to get the bigger fights.”

Askren then explained the London hotel altercation. And wouldn’t you know it, he has a vastly different recollection than Ibrahim Kawa and “Gamebred”:

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“I’m standing upstairs, then he walks up the stairs. So I say, ‘Hey, Jorge is here.’ And then he gets pissed. It doesn’t take anything to piss these guys off, it’s kind of funny.”

“It doesn’t not take much to make these guys mad. It’s kind of hilarious. So he starts cussing at me, I look at him, smile and he walks by to do his interview and that was it. Obviously, I am not going to fight this guy in the hotel, I fight in the Octagon for a lot of money,” added Ben.”

“But there was definitely no running away or me wishing him good luck or anything like that. It was a simple exchange and I don’t know why he felt the need to lie about it.”

A tentative agreement is in place for Askren and Masvidal to fight at UFC 239.