Report: Ben Askren, Jorge Masvidal Agree to Matchup at UFC 239 in July

By: Jay Pettry
Mar 29, 2019

Ultimate Fighting Championship is putting together a massive card for International Fight Week this summer in UFC 239, with the promotion considering a welterweight bout with title implications between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal.

According to Ariel Helwani on Friday, Askren (19-0, 1 NC) has verbally agreed to face Masvidal (33-13) at UFC 239 on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The matchup has been discussed since UFC President Dana White's appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast earlier this week. While the two have agreed to the bout, the UFC still has to book the match on the card.

Askren has never been beaten as a professional, with 19 career victories to his credit. He maintains one of the longest undefeated records this side of UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Bellator MMA welterweight Yaroslav Amosov, and fellow UFC welterweight Alexey Kunchenko. Askren made his UFC debut with a bulldog choke technical submission against Robbie Lawler at UFC 235. Although many questioned referee Herb Dean's intervention in the contest, Askren recorded the win and went on to call out the rest of the division. Not one to mince words, Askren posted on his Twitter page shortly after the announcement, saying "I'm glad Jorge found his courage."

Masvidal most recently sprang a big upset when he knocked out Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 147 earlier this month, and earned two post-fight bonuses for his efforts. The win broke a two decision loss skid against Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson. Never in a boring fight, Masvidal holds the unusual distinction of having four split decision losses on his record since joining the UFC in 2013 -- the most in promotional history.

UFC 239 will take place on July 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the event will be a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos. Serving as the co-headliner will be a women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm.

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