MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi supported with resources which Masvidal and Askren have agreed to a welterweight battle at UFC 239 on July 6 in Tmobile Arena in Las Vegas, following an initial report by ESPN.
Askren was allegedly open to fighting Masvidal on June 8, June 29, or July 6.
Both fighters were openly sniping at each other earlier this week, with Askren asserting that Masvidal had been “scared” to sign on the dotted line to get a planned match-up, and Masvidal asserting that it had been Askren who revealed fear if both ran in to eachother in London. Askren, a former ONE Championship and Bellator champion, has become a lightning rod for controversy with his frequent callouts and also a technical entry make an impression on Robbie Lawler in his UFC debut on March 2 which has been contested by both Lawler and UFC president Dana White.
Outside a no contest against Luis Santos back in April 2015, Askren sports a pristine 19-0 professional record.
Masvidal (33-13) punishes himself as a rival at 170 pounds at UFC London fourteen days before, drilling Darren Till having a knockout combination from the next round of the most important event and later making more headlines after he had a backstage altercation with Leon Edwards.
UFC 239 is likely to be headlined by a pair of name spells as light heavyweight champion Jon Jones struggles Thiago Santos in the main event, while the co-headliner sees Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against former champion Holly Holm.
UPDATE: It seems just like the verbal warfare is just beginning as Askren already had something to say regarding the match up on Twitter.
I’m glad Jorge found his courage.