Former Bellator, ONE Championship welterweight champion and UFC veteran Ben Askren is all set to fight Youtube star Jake Paul in a boxing match on April 17.
This will be Ben Askren’s debut in the professional boxing world as he takes on Jake Paul who is 2-0. Jake Paul is coming off of a spectacular knockout victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson in a boxing match. Prior to that, he knocked out British YouTuber AnEsonGib during Superbowl week in Miami last year.
On the other hand, Ben Askren retired from the sport, after suffering a submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC Singapore in October of 2019. Prior to that, he suffered a brutal KO loss to Jorge Masvidal. His run in the UFC wasn’t like the one he had in ONE Championship and Bellator MMA.
Since retiring from the sport, Ben Askren had a hip replacement surgery and has been recovering, but he couldn’t miss the opportunity to headline an event against Jake Paul, which would also undoubtedly mean a big payday.
However, Ben Askren is also under UFC contract and to secure a fight against Jake Paul, he had to take permissions from UFC president Dana White.
“He does not seem to like Jake Paul too much, that’s seeming to be totally true,” Ben Askren told MMA Junkie in an interview. “We had a nice phone call. Probably the most cordial phone call Dana and I have ever had. … Both Dana and Hunter (Campbell) were relatively easy. They didn’t really have many complaints. They signed off on pretty much – there was some annoyingness with (promoter) Triller was looking at a whole bunch of different dates, so I had to get a bunch of different dates approved, so that was kind of difficult a little bit, but besides that, everything was all smooth.
Ben Askren reveals game plan for his fight against Jake Paul
Ben Askren also thinks that the fight is going to be competitive for the first couple of rounds, but he plans on overwhelming Jake Paul with his volume later as the fight progresses.
“It’ll probably maybe be relatively competitive in the first couple rounds (until) he starts to slow down and I start to land a lot more punches, a lot of volume,” Ben Askren said. “The seventh round I’m going to TKO him and he’s going to wish he was still a Disney kid star.”
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