At last night’s (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale, Jorge Masvidal picked up his second straight win in pretty bizarre fashion as he was awarded a tehcnical knockout victory over Jake Ellenberger after "Juggernaut’s" foot got caught in the Octagon.
In what was a first inside the eight-walled cage, the win was awarded to "Gamebred" after official Herb Dean got clarification from cage-side officials that Jake simply couldn’t defend himself.
As Masvidal sees it, while unfortunate for Jake, had he not played defense by moving and avoiding his attempted strike, the tides could’ve easily turned into his foes’ favor.
"It is what it is," he said. "You were going for a technique, and had I not (avoided it), your technique could have put me out of commission," stated Masvidal during the post-fight presser via MMA Junkie.
Admittedly, Jorge wasn’t too sure at the moment why Jake halted the action, saying that if he was trying to call a timeout, it’s not something he was prepared to stop for, since he was in full attack mode.
"How could you – if that would’ve been a timeout, that would have been the weirdest thing ever," he said. "I’m about to kill you. How are you going to just call timeout? That’s weird, you know?"
At the end of the day, "Gambred" has tons of respect for Ellenberger, though he nor anyone else in the division possess the heart and will to win that Masvidal has.
"He’s always had my respect," Masvidal said. "I’ve got to talk a little shit to get in his head, but he’s a tough dude. It’s not that he doesn’t have heart. It’s just I know when it comes to me, I’m going to eat him alive. I’ve got three times the heart he’s got – or anybody in this division."
That said, Ellenberger intends to appeal the bizarre loss with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
For complete TUF 24 Finale results and coverage click here.