UFC London: Darren Until not targeted on Ben Askren; solely set on Jorge Masvidal | MMA


When Ben Askren’s commerce from One Championship to the UFC turned official in October, “Funky” instantly took to Twitter and unleashed a tirade of tweets in direction of fighters within the 170-pound weight.

Fellow welterweight Darren Until took the bait and the charismatic welterweights started exchanging a flurry of insults.

About 5 months later and Until is nicely conscious that Askren can be in attendance to see him combat Jorge Masvidal as the principle occasion of UFC London on Saturday. However do not even attempt to counsel that Until can be involved with Askren.

“I don’t give a f—ok what individuals suppose,” Until instructed Sporting Information. “It’s their opinion. I do know what I’m targeted on. I’m not targeted on Ben Askren, (welterweight champion Kamaru) Usman, (Tyron) Woodley or Leon Edwards. I solely care about beating Masvidal on Saturday. To me, that’s my greatest problem proper now.”

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Askren made his UFC debut at UFC 235 when he beat Robbie Lawler by a controversial first-round submission. After the combat, he mentioned the UFC was sending him to London to take a look at Saturday’s combat so he may get a first-hand have a look at Until. 

The 2 have not ran into one another up to now. Whatever the banter between the charismatic welterweights on social media, the 26-year-old says if Askren actually has a problem with him that the previous Bellator champion must make step one — not him.  

“Ben has undoubtedly gotten my consideration, however it nonetheless doesn’t imply a lot to me,” Until proclaims. “I’ve bought nothing to say to Ben. He’s bought to say one thing to me. I haven’t seen him but. After I do see him, will he say one thing? Will he shake my hand? Will he say nothing? Or does he keep quiet? Will he truly say one thing? I’ve to attend and see what his transfer is. It’s him doing the speaking. Not me.”

Earlier than the verbal warfare can flip right into a battle contained in the Octagon, Until faces a really stern take a look at in Masvidal (32-13), who’s coming off slender losses in his final two contests in opposition to Demian Maia (split-decision at UFC 211) and Stephen Thompson (unanimous determination at UFC 217). Earlier this week, Masvidal instructed SN to count on an intense battle that will not final 5 rounds. Until could not agree extra together with his foe’s evaluation. He appears to be like ahead to exchanging heavy artillery with the previous avenue fighter from Florida.

“It is smart to have two guys who come to combat,” Until mentioned. “What’s to not like about it? It’s a crowd-pleasing combat. The UFC is aware of that, I do know that and Masvidal is aware of that. It made all of the sense on the planet. I actually love this matchup. He is aware of his means across the Octagon higher than anybody within the division. I feel it’s going to make for a struggle. It’s not going to be two guys looking at one another and doing nothing.”

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