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Ben Askren responds to ‘sick and disturbing’ comments from Jorge Masvidal

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“Unless you plan on murdering the rest of my family which is pretty sick and disturbing, you’re not gonna end my bloodline Jorge ‘cos I have three children.”

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Jorge Masvidal has yet to attend a UFC 239 pre-fight press conference to promote his upcoming welterweight bout again Ben Askren, and ‘Funky’ thinks he knows the reason why.

Askren thinks Masvidal is scared of an onstage verbal confrontation with him and believes the 34-year-old is battling with serious anger issues.

Masvidal made some questionable comments earlier this week about wanting to end Askren’s family bloodline at UFC 239, and Askren was quick to respond and put the ex-street fighter in his place.

“I just want to f— him up. I don’t think anything of him,” Masvidal said on CBS’ State of Combat podcast (transcript via BJPenn.com). “I’m going to make sure his bloodline doesn’t reproduce or nothing after July 6. Extinction of the Aksren blood by the Masvidal blood.”

“He knows in a battle of words, it’s going to get ugly for him,” Askren responded in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “We talked about it earlier how he has this insane amount of dislike. He said something fucking ridiculous last week about how he wants to end my bloodline which I thought was hilarious because I already have three kids. Unless you plan on murdering the rest of my family which is pretty sick and disturbing, you’re not gonna end my bloodline Jorge ‘cos I have three children.

“When you say stuff that is as crazy as that is, it’s so obvious that I’m under your skin. I make you upset, and you can’t even verbalise why I make you upset. You know if we come in contact again, that’s only going to get worse. It going to get worse and worse and worse. And generally speaking, a high majority of the time, people who are that angry fight very poorly.”

UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos, which is expected to feature Askren vs. Masvidal on the main card, takes place next month, July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.