If you chief complaint about the UFC is that “the fights are too damn long,” then salvation is finally at hand: At yesterday’s buckwild UFC 239 event, US welterweight Jorge Masvidal etched his name into company record books by delivering a staggering knockout win that was so fast it all fits inside one lone GIF.
Masvidal finished off his chirpy rival Ben Askren with a sharp flying knee inside the first five seconds of their bout yesterday, making it the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Saying it was quick is no exaggeration either. This shit is brutal.
This man crazy your honor pic.twitter.com/XLGl6Kit9P
— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) July 7, 2019
There’s room to spare in that GIF. That thing leaves bulk frames on the table. Calling that a “fight” is a pretty gross overreach TBH.
If you feel like wrapping your head around that in stereo, the (again, entire) fight is below.
Jorge Masvidal knocking Ben Askren out in 5 seconds was badass as hell #UFC239
— Straight Edge Wrestling (@SEW_Podcast) July 7, 2019
Just otherworldly gear that. Borderline assault.
Given the escalating banter war between the pair in the lead-up to the fight, and Askren’s previously-undefeated MMA record stretching back some 10 years prior to the event, the brutal KO caught just about everyone by surprise. Even fellow fighters Michael Chisea and Israel Adesanya, who were both conducting backstage interviews at the time and had their live reactions caught on camera.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 7, 2019
Michael Chiesa was being interviewed after his win against Diego Sanchez. As he started to talk he looked up and saw Jorge Masvidal KO Ben Askren in 5 seconds. His reaction was all of us ???? #UFC239 pic.twitter.com/NhQsD6HcyS
— Ryan Evans (@RyanEvans87) July 7, 2019
Safe to say just about everyone will remember that for a long, long time.
Except, y’know, Ben Askren.
Who probably doesn’t remember much at all.Image: Getty Images / Christian Petersen