Perhaps more so than anything else this year, 2019 will be remembered as the year of Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal. The two had remarkable and noteworthy years, albeit for very different reasons, and both were highlighted (or lowlighted in the case of Askren) by their matchup against each other at UFC 239. After months of trash talk, when the cage doors were finally closed, Masvidal knocked out Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the bout (a new UFC record) and delivered a couple of follow up punches that most felt were excessive but Masvidal deemed “super necessary”. Even after the bout, Masvidal kept up his trash talk and it seemed like the two would never have a good relationship but that was before UFC 245 took place.
As the old saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and both Askren and Masvidal have been highly vocal about their dislike of Colby Covington and, to a much lesser extent, about welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. So when Usman knocked out Covington on Saturday at UFC 245, Askren was quick to respond to the outcome, even paying Masvidal a compliment.
I can’t decide whether to be pumped or sad— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) December 15, 2019
This is so bad I’d rather have Jorge be champ.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) December 15, 2019
Askren may well get his wish. After all, Masvidal would appear to be next in line to challenge Usman, however, at the moment “Gamebred” seems less interested in that and more interested in rubbing Covington’s nose in it.
They say never kick a man when he is down but you not a man. Should’ve paid my coach, it’s cheaper than getting your jaw wired shut #thecrucifixation— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 15, 2019
Masvidal and Covington used to be good friends, training together out of American Top Team. But in recent years the friendship crumbled and the two have turned into bitter rivals. Had Covington won at UFC 245, a bout with Masvidal would’ve been a huge event for the UFC. Of course, that didn’t happen and, in the aftermath of his loss, Covington took to lambasting referee Marc Goddard for the stoppage and his refereeing, saying he was robbed. That’s when Masvidal returned the compliment Askren paid to him earlier, give him props for the way Askren handled his loss, by staring it in the face and accepting it,
Shout out to @Benaskren who never tucked tail after his loss. Made no excuses. Took it on the chin and never censored the haters like a coward #theresurrection— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 15, 2019
Askren then responded directly to Masvidal and suddenly, there’s mutual respect between these two once-bitter rivals.
Sometimes life kicks your butt when you least expect it. Make no excuses and move on. https://t.co/7yfFVoXlsi— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) December 16, 2019
Colby Covington, uniter of people.
Results. Two champions retained their titles plus a new one was crowned at UFC 245.
Ouch. Colby Covington suffers broken jaw at UFC 245, rips referee Marc Goddard for ‘fake’ stoppage.
Next. Kamaru Usman says Leon Edwards ‘deserving’ of title shot, but Jorge Masvidal could be next.
Not a good idea. Amanda Nunes sends warning to boxing champ Claressa Shields: ‘I’m gonna wrestle the s*it out of you’.
Blessed. Max Holloway disagrees with judges’ decision at UFC 245: ‘They made me cry twice in 2019’.
Rematch. Alexander Volkanovski believes Max Holloway deserves rematch.
Legend. Dana White: Henry Cejudo wants to fight Jose Aldo next.
UFC 245 post-fight show.
UFC 245 post-fight presser.
UFC 246 promo. It’s pretty good.
UFC 245 backstage interviews.
Kamaru beating up Colby.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 245.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 245 in-depth, including the title fights, the judging, and the refs.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Colby being Colby.
Normally people do their fucking in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk! I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that. You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot. Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) December 15, 2019
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Just a kid from Oregon chasing the American Dream. Working hard and earning everything in my life the hard way since day one. I put myself out there in front of the world to kill or be killed. Marc Godard robbed me tonight with piss poor officiating. He let my opponent fake injuries for extra time and stopped the fight early. Just like America, my will and spirit can never be broken. Speed bumps can’t slow me down. You people ain’t seen nothing yet. #ufc245
Kinda sounds like Goddard agrees the stoppage was a touch early?
Raw emotion & the highest of stakes, fighting is like nothing else on earth. I respect each & every person I stand between & I will give you all I’ve got. I am a human being. Thank you to all who understand what I have put into this game, that will never stop. God bless. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QryagWadpi— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) December 15, 2019
What does it all mean?
145. 155. 170.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 15, 2019
Handling the loss well.
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“Look for opportunities not Guarantees” - Congrats to @petr_yan on a great performance! This was a continuation of my 40th birthday present to myself...talk about feeling alive. Im sure we will be battling Petr for the next decade or so at @teamalphamalemma, gonna be fun. Hope everyone enjoyed the fight.
Cejudo being Cejudo.
This is a public service announcement from Triple C to the self proclaim “King of Rio”. @josealdojunior @danawhite @ufc pic.twitter.com/bkrLUcgyC0— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 15, 2019
Defend or vacate.
It’s obvious you don’t want to fight me and have no interest of going back down to flyweight. Just stop stringing shit along with the company and the division. I’m ready to Fight! @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 https://t.co/3pVBGdDjOY— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) December 15, 2019
Patricio throwing shade.
If @josealdojunior fought @HenryCejudo like that, Cejudo would have eaten him alive. Se José Aldo lutasse assim contra Cejudo, Cejudo comeria ele vivo.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) December 15, 2019
Mike Perry knows how to take a loss.
Phok bro. Wtf , my offense wasn’t there. Damn if I don’t feel like a dumbass. Kids don’t be like me. It’s dangerous when you seem to enjoy getting hit in the face , But Still , I will be back in the gym to drill moves to kill until my team feels I’ll bring the thrills ! Thanks— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) December 15, 2019
Petr Yan is ruthless.
Cody “No Chin” got emotional again https://t.co/dYvIBNh6kv— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 15, 2019
Jimi Manuwa want to come back it seems.
Fuck this I’m going Back to work— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) December 14, 2019
A longer promo for Cowboy-Conor.
"This sport is my life."— UFC (@ufc) December 15, 2019
Next month, @TheNotoriousMMA gets back in the game #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/XjPsTes55B
Izzy’s shirt is fire.
Vibranium pic.twitter.com/6ESjFiAM3y— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) December 16, 2019
Anthony Martin dropped a lot of money on Colby. . .
So in other words. I’ll stick to betting on myself. And I need a fight lmao pic.twitter.com/UL9s90TlFV— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) December 16, 2019
Well UFC 245 had big expectations and it definitely delivered. Some tremendous fights, some great knockouts, and even a little bit of controversy. That’s about all you can ask for in a fight card and it’s a great way to end 2019 (UFC Busan does not count as no one will watch it).
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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