Former Bellator, ONE welterweight champion and UFC veteran Ben Askren is set to fight Jake Paul on April 17 in a pay-per-view main event headliner.
The fight will take place at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
Ben Askren will forfeit purse if he uses MMA moves against Jake Paul?
Heading into this fight, Jake Paul has opened up as the betting favourite over Ben Askren. Many MMA fans believe that the pathway to victory for Ben Askren is to rough up Jake Paul in the clinch.
“I don’t think the fight will last long enough for him to even think about taking me down,” Jake Paul told MMA Junkie in a recent interview. “We just signed the bout agreement days ago. He will lose his purse if he does that. … If he does do something like that, his purse is eliminated in the bout agreement. If he wants to lose all the money for the fight, then sure, go ahead. I am beating him up in wrestling shoes. He’s going to get beat up in wrestling shoes, which I think is hilarious.”
“I don’t think Ben will be able to get near me,” Jake Paul said. “My distance control is 10 times better than his. And if he does, he’s going to get busted up on the inside. That’s one thing we really worked on in this camp is my inside fighting game. He can come in, but he’s going to get cracked. If he wants to hold me, he’s just going to be losing by points.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
Ben Askren has tweeted stating that the whole issue isn’t true.
This is false https://t.co/G0RzMwb6qF
— Funky (@Benaskren) April 14, 2021
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