It took Masvidal just five seconds to fly across the Octagon and blast Askren with a flying knee strike that sent the 2008 Olympian crashing to mat unconscious as a result of the first shot landed in the fight. Masvidal followed up with two more huge punches before the referee could rush into rescue Askren before taking any more damage.
There was a lot of bad blood between the fighters leading into Saturday night and Masvidal was obviously happy with the result of his handiwork.
“Cause he’s a bum. That dude was talking wild. I had to show him that there’s consequences sometimes,” Masvidal told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan after the fight. “There’s some bad motherf—kers out there and you don’t want to wake them up.
“You should have kept your mouth shut. I probably would have beat you up in the second round. You guys are welcome for ending that dude.”
Askren remained motionless on the canvas for several moments after suffering the devastating knockout courtesy of Masvidal’s flying knee. He eventually made his way back to the feet before being helped out the Octagon by his team and medical personnel.
The win marks Masvidal’s second straight knockout in a row after he destroyed Darren Till earlier this year with a similarly devastating finish.
Masvidal believes silencing Askren after doing the same to Till should put him at the front of the line when it comes to the next contender to get a shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
“I’m coming for that belt,” Masvidal said. “I don’t know who’s fighting next for it and what not but you guys know who deserves that belt. That’s 16 years of hard work. You guys know who deserves that belt.”