One of the big storylines coming into UFC Fight Night 147: “Till vs. Masvidal” on ESPN+ last night (Sat., March 16, 2019) was Ben Askren’s arrival in London, England, to pick a fight with the winner. Askren had announced following his controversial win over Robbie Lawler that he’d be cageside inside O2 Arena, and several run-ins with Darren Till that nearly turned into scuffles occurred over fight week.
It was all setting up a pretty hype fight between Askren and Till ... until Jorge Masvidal spoiled things by knocking Till out cold with a wild left hook in the second round (watch it here). Now, Askren (who came wearing an interesting ‘Curly Haired F**k’ shirt) is reacting with palpable disappointment.
Nice shirt @Benaskren! pic.twitter.com/aetubKeeQ3— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 16, 2019
Kind of sad about Till, that was gonna be a lot of fun.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 16, 2019
”Kind of sad about Till, that was going to be a lot of fun,” Askren wrote, following it up with, “Masvidal just started a fight backstage with Leon Edwards so he doesn’t have to fight me next!”
Masvidal just started a fight backstage with Leon Edwards so he doesn’t have to fight me next— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 16, 2019
Masvidal and Edwards did indeed end up in a scuffle backstage that saw “Gamebred” hit “Rocky” multiple times. Afterward, Dana White seemed to blame UFC for allowing the incident to happen instead of the fighters involved. Could Masvidal walk away without any repercussions? Possibly, which would be all right with Askren, who needs Masvidal to avoid getting booked into an immediate rematch with Robbie Lawler.
If not Masvidal, then maybe Covington?
Lololol his last win before Till was a January 2017. Ali you are a fool, if Marty doesn’t want to fight Colby I would happily oblige. https://t.co/VjRb7EWesy— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 17, 2019
What do you think of those potential match ups, Maniacs?