Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier is now confident enough to feel that Ben Askren is going to beat Jake Paul in their boxing match.
The Paul vs. Askren boxing match headlines the Triller Fight Club event on April 17. The card takes place at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and airs on pay-per-view. Jake Paul and Ben Askren had their first faceoff ahead of their boxing match on Friday, and they were unable to keep hands off each other.
They were supposed to be separated by plexiglass per COVID-19 protocols, but Jake Paul wasn’t having any of that when it came time to face off with Ben Askren at the Triller press conference.
Following a press conference where many words were exchanged between the two sides, Paul and Askren came face to face for a staredown. After the staredown, Askren turned to walk away and put his hand across Paul’s face. That caused Paul to respond, shoving Ben from behind as the former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder briefly stumbled forward.
Daniel Cormier says Ben Askren will win
I just saw Jake Paul reaction to @Benaskren palming his face and I am now convinced that Ben wins. He looked like he wanted to throw a punch and then settled on slapping his ass? Ben smashes this dude. I’m all the way in!!!!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 27, 2021
“I just saw Jake Paul’s reaction to @Benaskren palming his face and I am now convinced that Ben wins. He looked like he wanted to throw a punch and then settled on slapping his ass? Ben smashes this dude. I’m in!!!!”
It seems like the entire MMA community is supporting Ben and wants him to knock out Jake Paul. The youtube star was trying to do his best to get under Ben’s skin but just wasn’t able to. Askren hardly took the bait offered by the amped-up Paul and slipped in one-liners as his younger opponent tagged in Jorge Masvidal for some extra jabs.
Paul, 24, is 2-0 against unranked competition but has finished both of his opponents via KO. Ben, on the other hand, has never fought in the boxing ring but has a wealth of experience in combat sports, notching world titles under the Bellator and ONE Championship banners and being a decorated collegiate wrestler. Paul has youth on his side while Askren, who turns 37 in July, has the experiential advantage.
Askren, who last competed under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner in 2019, is hoping to come out of retirement and teach Paul a lesson about combat sports. While “Funky” was known for his wrestling pedigree and ground skills as an MMA fighter he’s the most legit opponent Paul has faced to date.
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