WEDNESDAY NEWS DIGEST 4/17: Jorge Masvidal blasts ’40 year old science teacher’ Ben Askren on Joe Rogan podcast, Angela Magana in coma following surgery, ABC survey reveals at least 10 different MMA rulesets in use, more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Mar 16, 2019; London, UK; Jorge Masvidal (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Darren Till (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

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Jorge Masvidal does not like the way that Ben Askren has been presenting himself on social media and in the press as of late. Specifically, Masvidal is irked at Askren sharing stories of the two of them training together at American Top Team.

“If we train, and you come to American Top Team, and I tap you out twice, I’m not going to ever talk about that because that’s not my glory – that’s f*cking training,” Masvidal told the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (transcribed by MMAFighting). “I don’t give a f*ck about that; I already forgot about that. There’s some people who violate that man-code of the gym. He’s that type of p*ssy.

“He’s talking about gym stories. He came over to American Top Team, after I dumped him on his head, we kept wrestling and he out-scrambled me. Yeah, you beat me wrestling. We were straight wrestling. A two-time national champion and you’re proud of that? You’re telling people? That just shows me his character. He’s not who he pretends to be.”

Masvidal and Askren are slated to fight in July at UFC 239, and Masvidal is promising that he is going to give Askren everything he has.

“I want to break his f*cking face, I want to break his f*cking rib cage,” he said. “And I don’t want to knock him out early on. I just want to torture that guy, man. If I get the chance to torture that guy for 14 minutes and 50 seconds before I stop him, that’s what I’m gonna do, man.”

Whatever happens in July, it doesn’t seem like Masvidal is going to become a Ben Askren fan any time soon. There just seem to be some fundamental differences between how the two live their lives.

“He’s like a f*cking 40-year-old science teacher,” Masvidal said. “I don’t know why he acts like he’s new age. But he’s like these new age dudes that just f*cking talk. Just talk and talk, and talk about everybody. Shut the f*ck up.”

Wednesday Notebook

-Former UFC strawweight Angela Magana is in a coma following an emergency surgery according to members of her coaching staff. Magana suffered nerve damage in her back after injuring herself in training earlier this month. Magana’s coach Gabriel Lamastus told MMA Junkie “She’s in a coma, and we’re waiting to hear some positive news. The surgery went fine. The problem was anesthesia. It’s very rare that patients react bad to anesthesia, but it does happen, and I guess this is one of those rare cases. But I’m being positive. She’ll be fine, and she’ll wake up. She’s a fighter. I’m just staying positive.”

-An Association of Boxing Commissions survey published by MMAFighting indicates that there are at least 10 variations of the Unified Rules of MMA being used in North America. The source of most of the variances is how different commissions define a grounded fighter as well as whether they use instant replay or not.

-Former UFC backstage handler Burt Watson is starting his own MMA promotion “We Rollnnn MMA.” The first show will be held on June 15 from Las Vegas. No fights or fighter signings have been announced as of yet.

-Leslie Smith has signed with Bellator and will be fighting at 145 pounds.

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