Ben Askren went all the way to London to witness UFC on ESPN + 5's welterweight clash between Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till and it seems the trip has paid off.
After stirring up Trouble with both sides of the headliner, Askren (19-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) scored a meeting with the big winner, Masvidal (33-13 MMA, 10-6 UFC), at UFC 239 on July 6.  MMA Junkie confirmed with a person close to the booking that the fight has been verbally agreed to following an initial report from ESPN.com . The person requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Masvidal's manager, Abraham Kawa, also seemed to confirm the news on Twitter adding that Masvidal had asked to meet Askren just before the matchup with Till
Askren is coming off a tough, but ultimately victorious UFC debut over forms champion Robbie Lawler. After overcoming adversity early in the first round of their UFC 235 meeting, Askren came back with a choke that prompted ref Herb Dean to stop the bout. Despite some controversy around the call, Askren got to leave the octagon with his hand raised and unbeaten professional MMA record intact.
Before Masvidal got to play spoiler to Till's London party with a second-round knockout earlier this month, he Askren's attitude after the win expressed some not-so-flattering thoughts. The way "Gamebred" saw it, instead of calling other people out, Askren should be looking to extend to teammate Lawler.
"As a man, as a fighter, having pride in what I do, I choke somebody out , i think choke out, but when i see the replay and see the guy put the thumbs up, in my head, i would say, 'Man, i didn't choke this guy out,' ”Masvidal told MMA Junkie on fight week. "And as a man, having pride, I would say," let's do it again, especially after he decapitated me on the slam, busted up my face. "Let's go it again," because I definitely didn't choke you out. Because I've never seen anyone go to sleep like this. That 's the first.
"That's what much of a weasel and coward is. Now, now, I'm gone already. I wouldn't dare repeat that route again. That just shows you his character. He's a (expletive). ”
Before the meeting with, a bit of a layoff, Masvidal suffered back-to-back decision losses to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson. Prior to that, he was on a three-fight winning streak, including knockouts on Jake Ellenberger and Donald Cerrone. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports / MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, while Askren, a former ONE Championship and Bellator champion, appears at No. 5.
That is the third fight booked for the July 6 card, which takes place during the UFC's International Fight Week, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, 205-pound champ Jon Jones will put his title on the line against Thiago “Marreta” Santos, while champ-champ Amanda Nunes defends her 135-pound crown against forms title holder Holly Holm in the co-main event. 19659003] For more on UFC 239, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.