Jorge Masvidal makes UFC history with 5 second KO

by: Helen Yee | @HelenYeeSports

UFC International fight week wrapped up with UFC 239 on Saturday, July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in front of 18,358 in attendance and a gate of $6,063,707.11.

Though many great fights and finishes took place, Jorge Masvidal made UFC history as he broke the UFC record for the quickest knockout. Five seconds was all it took for Masvidal to land the flying knee that took Ben Askren out.

The previous record of 6 seconds was held by Duane Ludwig.

Leading up to the fight, Masvidal said the fight would end in violent fashion and afterwards, his coach Mike Brown posted a video of him practicing the flying knee just 48 hours prior.

His teammate at American Top Team and interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, also posted a previous message foreshadowing the outcome.

After the fight, Masvidal explained why he followed up with extra punches as Askren layed on the canvas motionless.

Masvidal now has back-to-back knockout victories but a title shot next remains unclear.

At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said no one is next in line for the title shot.

Though the title shot is uncertain for Masvidal in the immediate future, one thing is certain – he made UFC history.

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Author: Helen Yee

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Helen was a former athlete for 10 years and a 2-time state champion swimmer. She produces and hosts Eyes On The Game Sports Radio, which airs on NBC Sports AM920 every Tuesday from 2-3pm PT. She loves sports and food (pizza is her favorite).

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