Regardless of getting right into a bodily altercation with Jorge Masvidal a number of weeks in the past in London, Leon Edwards won’t be getting the chance to face “Gamebred” contained in the Octagon. That honor will go to Ben Askren, as the 2 males are in talks to throw down at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although Dana White acknowledged the rationale behind passing on Edwards vs Masvidal was resulting from “Rocky” being ranked too low, Askren says it’s just because Leon isn’t all that attention-grabbing and doesn’t enchantment to battle followers. And till he begins build up his persona, “Funky” doesn’t really feel unhealthy for leapfrogging a person (in additional methods than one) who has been combating contained in the Octagon for 5 years.
“No, under no circumstances. Do I really feel unhealthy that he bought punched within the face? Yeah. I don’t like sucker-punching. I assume I do really feel unhealthy for that half. Do I really feel unhealthy as a result of he’s not getting the battle? In no way,” stated Askren on a latest look on The Ariel Helwani MMA Present.
“That is what Leon Edwards doesn’t perceive; he’s asking, ‘Why is Ben Askren in London?’ It’s like, Leon, do you see all of the numbers I get on just about each social media? Do you see why Ariel has me on each single week? It’s as a result of individuals, for some purpose, and I don’t know why, individuals now discover me not less than semi-interesting they usually wish to see me get within the Octagon. So it’s essential do one thing much like your self after which it is possible for you to to get the larger fights.”
Concerning his received transient run-in with Masvidal in London, Askren says there wasn’t a lot to it, revealing it was nothing greater than “Gamebred” getting irate over a easy remark. One thing Ben says he’s shortly discovered is a working theme in UFC, with fighters getting so hot-and-bothered reasonably simply.
“I’m standing upstairs, then he walks up the steps. So I say, ‘Hey, Jorge is right here.’ After which he will get pissed. It doesn’t take something to piss these guys off, it’s type of humorous. Identical to the Marty scene. All I stated was, ‘You aren’t going to make me sit subsequent to Marty, are you?’ And he bought irate,” defined Ben.
“It doesn’t not take a lot to make these guys mad. It’s type of hilarious. So he begins cussing at me, I have a look at him, smile and he walks by to do his interview and that was it. Clearly I’m not going to battle this man within the resort, I battle within the Octagon for some huge cash,” added Ben.
“However there was positively no working away or me wishing him good luck or something like that. It was a easy change and I don’t know why he felt the necessity to lie about it, concluded “Funky.”
So far as his potential battle towards Masvidal, Ben says it’s not a completed deal but and that it may both happen at UFC 239 in July, or at UFC 238 in June. Whereas he’s adamant he’ll battle at both a kind of occasions, the maintain up is on Masvidal’s finish.
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