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UFC 239: Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren Video Recap

UFC 239 Masvidal vs Askren recap

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See the highlights and recap from UFC 239: Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren after a vicious first-round flying knee knockout set a record for the fastest finish in UFC history.

TRENDING > Watch Israel Adesanya lose his mind over Jorge Masvidal’s 5-second knockout! (video)

UFC 239 took place on Saturday, July 6, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition to the record-setting Masvidal vs. Askren bout, the fight card was headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight belt against Thiago Santos and champ-champ Amanda Nunes taking out Holly Holm in defense of her bantamweight championship.

Watch Israel Adesanya lose his mind over Jorge Masvidal’s 5-second knockout! (video)

Israel Adesanya - Jorge Masvidal knocks out Ben Askren at UFC 239

Jorge Masvidal made his UFC history on Saturday night, handing former ONE Championship and Bellator titleholder “Funky” Ben Askren the first defeat of his career. What made history, however, was Masvidal’s execution.

Like a cold-blooded killer, Masvidal charge across the Octagon as soon as the bell sounded. Knowing that Askren would drop for a takedown as soon as they got near, he launched a flying knee that connected with Askren’s temple, immediately putting his lights out.

Askren crashed to the canvas and Masvidal still landed two hard right hands to the face before the referee could stop the fight at the 5-second mark of the first round.

The only thing that might have been more epic about than the finish itself was interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s reaction, mid-interview with Aaron Bronsteter of Canada’s TSN. 

Masvidal had the cool demeanor of a man that knew something no one else did all week long. He consistently needled Askren, working his way into the former undefeated fighter’s cranium.

After the fight, and after Adesanya’s enthusiastic meltdown, Gamebred broke down his victory over Askren and what led up to it. 

Turns out he sort of did know something no one else did heading into the fight.


Jorge Masvidal breaks down his record-setting knockout

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UFC 239: Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos Video Recap

UFC 239 Jones vs Santos recap

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See the highlights from UFC 239: Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos. Jones defended his championship belt for the second time since regaining it at the end of 2018.

TRENDING > Watch Israel Adesanya lose his mind over Jorge Masvidal’s 5-second knockout! (video)

UFC 239 took place on Saturday, July 6, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight card was headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight belt against Thiago Santos and champ-champ Amanda Nunes taking out Holly Holm in defense of her bantamweight championship. In a pivotal welterweight bout, Jorge Masvidal set a UFC record, knocking out Ben Askren in just 5 seconds.

UFC 239: Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm Video Recap

UFC 239 Nunes vs Holm recap

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See the highlights and recap from UFC 239: Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm. Nunes landed a first-round headkick TKO making this her fourth title defense at bantamweight.

TRENDING > Watch Israel Adesanya lose his mind over Jorge Masvidal’s 5-second knockout! (video)

UFC 239 took place on Saturday, July 6, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight card was headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight belt against Thiago Santos and champ-champ Amanda Nunes taking out Holly Holm in defense of her bantamweight championship. In a pivotal welterweight bout, Jorge Masvidal set a UFC record, knocking out Ben Askren in just 5 seconds.

Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones trilogy: ‘It could always happen’ (UFC 241 video)

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier

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After seeming to have closed the door on a trilogy fight with Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier this week said that a fight with Jones could always happen whether it was inside or outside of the octagon.

TRENDING > UFC presser face-offs: Khabib vs Poirier, Cormier vs Miocic, Holloway vs Edgar, Whittaker vs Adesanya

Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, July 6, for full UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos live results from Las Vegas. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line opposite Thiago Santos in the UFC 239 headliner, while Amanda Nunes puts her bantamweight belt up against Holly Holm in the night’s co-main event.

Jan Błachowicz ruins Luke Rochold’s light heavyweight debut at UFC 239 with knockout win

Jan Blachowicz kncoks out Luke Rockhold at UFC 239

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold made his light heavyweight debut on Saturday on the UFC 239 main card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Californian didn’t get an easy opponent for his first fight at 205-pounds. Rockhold faced No. 6 ranked Jan Błachowicz.

In the opening round, Rockhold attacked with left kicks in the opening moments. He quickly changed levels and attempted to put Blachowicz on his back. Blachowicz defended the takedown and landed two hard elbows inside the clinch. In the closing seconds of the round, the two got into an exchange with Blachowicz dropping Rockhold with a head kick at the bell.

Rockhold came out aggressive in the second frame and again tried to get the fight to the ground. Blachowicz shook off the takedown attempt and landed a left hook on the break that sent Rockhold crashing to the canvas. Two more left hands landed before referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight.

TRENDING > UFC 239 Live Results: Jones vs. Santos (Results & Fight Stats)

The win was the biggest of Blachowicz’ career. Leading up to the fight, the two exchanged verbal jabs but Blachowicz said none of that affected him in the least. “The trash talk doesn’t work on me. I’m too old for that. I showed the legendary Polish power and I’m proud of that,” said Blachowicz following the knockout win.

With the impressive victory, Bachowicz hopes it elevates him to the top of the division.  He lost to title challenger Thiago Santos in his last outing. 

“I hope the win puts me at the top (of the division). There were rumors that if he won against me that he was going to get a title shot. I won against him, so maybe. Who knows,” he said.

Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov get into an altercation at UFC 239

Nate Diaz

Prior to the UFC 239 main card on Saturday, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz apparently got into an altercation at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The video of the incident isn’t clear by shows security separating the two.

TRENDING > UFC 239 Live Results: Jones vs. Santos (Results & Fight Stats)

Nurmagomedov is scheduled to put his title on the line against top contender Dustin Poirier on September 7 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Diaz is expected to return to the octagon for the first time since 2016 on August 17 at UFC 241 against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in a welterweight bout.

Jon Jones explains why move to heavyweight isn’t guaranteed (UFC 239 video)

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With Jon Jones’ dominance over the UFC light heavyweight division nearly everyone has assumed that he would eventually be tempted to test his skills in the heavyweight division and perhaps make a run at becoming the UFC’s next champ-champ.

Jones isn’t sold on the idea.

Though he realizes such a move would be good for his legacy, there are many reasons why Jones isn’t simply going to move up to the heavyweight division and make a run at titles in two divisions.

Ahead of his UFC 239 headlining bout opposite Thiago Santos, Jones explained why he could be content to continue fighting at light heavyweight.


TRENDING > Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones trilogy: ‘It could always happen’


Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, July 6, for full UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos live results from Las Vegas. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line opposite Thiago Santos in the UFC 239 headliner, while Amanda Nunes puts her bantamweight belt up against Holly Holm in the night’s co-main event.

Amanda Nunes stops Holly Holm early in UFC 239 co-main event

Amanda Nunes kicks Holly Holm to the face UFC 239

Two-division champion Amanda Nunes put her bantamweight title on the line Saturday in the UFC 239 co-main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against former titleholder Holly Holm. The Brazilian stopped Holm in the first round with a move Holm has become known for landing.

Both ladies were careful in the early going looking for an opening. Holm landed the first significant strike of the fight, sending Nunes off balance with a counter right hand. The two clinched and Nunes tripped Holm to the canvas but was unable to keep her grounded. Holm immediately bounced back to her feet to the sound of the crowd chanting,”Holly.”

Nunes stepped in with a hard right hand that got Holm’s attention midway through the frame. Another right hand found it’s mark, but Holm wasn’t phased. As Holm lifted her leg to throw a front kick, Nunes fired off a head kick that landed. Holm crashed to the canvas and Nunes swooped in for the kill. Two right hands later, the referee stepped in to stop the fight. With the win over Holm, Nunes has defeated every woman to ever hold the UFC’s bantamweight title.

TRENDING > UFC 239 Live Results: Jones vs. Santos (Results & Fight Stats)

“A lot of people say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but this belt is coming home with me,” said Nunes after the win.

Nunes trained to landed a head kick against Holm and predicted that she would. “The Lioness” called her shot.

“I told my coach that I want to knock her out the same way she likes to knock people out, and I did it tonight,” said Nunes. “She’s the only former champion that I didn’t beat yet. Tonight, I beat her and I’m happy.”

Having successfully defended her 135-pound title and clearing out the division, Nunes plans to defend her featherweight championship in her next outing.   

“I definitely want to defend my 145-pound (belt). I’m going to talk to Dana (White),” she said. 

Jorge Masvidal’s blistering flying knee knockout ends Ben Askren’s undefeated record at UFC 239

Jorge Masvidal knocks out Ben Askren at UFC 239

Jorge Masvidal lived up to his dark, dark promise of ending Ben Askren at UFC 239 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Is a title shot on tap? You couldn’t make a stronger argument.

Masvidal and Askren had been jawwing at each other as soon as their fight was announced, but Masvidal ended the fight in seconds, leaving Askren out cold for much longer than the fight lasted. 

As soon as the the bell sounded, Masvidal came rushing across the Octagon, as Askren crouched down to shoot for a takedown. Masvidal launched a perfectly timed flying knee, connecting with Askren’s temple, and putting the former undefeated ONE Championship and Bellator titleholder Askren out cold in five seconds.

Askren crashed to the canvas, unconscious from the flying knee. Masvidal didn’t wait for the referee, landing two solid right hands to the face before the fight could be officially halted. 

Ahead of the fight, Masvidal promised to end Askren, and that he did. 

“I really wanted to beat his ass for 14 minutes and 30 seconds, but that didn’t happen,” Masvidal said after the fight.

“That dude was talking wild man. I had to show him that there’s consequences. He should have kept his (expletive) mouth shout. You guys are welcome for ending that dude.”

Currently ranked number four in the welterweight division, Masvidal’s stock certainly got a huge shot of adrenaline on Saturday night, as the record-setting knockout should make him a contender for the UFC title currently held by Kamaru Usman. 

“You guys know who deserves that title shot,” said Masvidal.

Colby Covington believes he should get the next shot at the belt, but Masvidal’s blistering knockout, which surpasses Duane Ludwig for the fastest knockout of all time, should make him a top consideration to challenge Usman when the champion returns to the Octagon later this year.