Famous YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul believes he’s going to score a knockout over former MMA champ Ben Askren and that his win could end up damaging the UFC’s brand.
Paul is now boxing’s most controversial superstar. He recently said that he is thankful UFC president Dana White signed off on his upcoming boxing match vs. the ex-UFC fighter Askren on April 17. Both Paul and Askren will fight eight rounds in the 185-190 pound range.
However, Paul sent a strong warning to the UFC president while speaking with Heavy.com.
“Thank you. Thank you for letting me beat the s*** out of one of your fighters,” Paul says. “This won’t be the first one, Dana. Let’s do more business.”
Paul and White have been the center of public feuds over the last couple of months. That began after Paul was calling out various UFC fighters.
“I’m sure he hates me. I said some funny s*** trolling him. He said some funny s*** back,” Paul explains. “We’ve gone back and forth. It is what it is. I’m kind of over it. Who cares?”
In Paul’s latest message to White, he believes the fight is a huge mistake on the UFC’s part.
“But it’s definitely interesting because when Jake Paul beats up a UFC fighter I don’t know how good of a reflection that’s going to be on the UFC’s brand,” he said.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, White had to sign off on the match between Paul and Askren, due to the latter still being under contract with the UFC.
You can watch the entire interview below:
Jake Paul Set to Fight Ben Askren
The famous YouTube star Jake Paul continues to move up in the boxing world. This time he is set to will face an actual professional fighter and contender in Ben Askren.
Previously, the YouTube star fought a fellow YouTube star in AnEsonGib (real name Ali Eson Gib). That fight ended in a first-round TKO victory for Paul. He then knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson during the second round of their November match-up. Paul first made his boxing debut in January 2020.
Paul talked about finally taking on a real fighter to silence his doubters.
“The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter,” Paul continued. “So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’ After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say? Thank you to Triller Fight Club for giving me the platform to once again put a man to sleep. April 17, it’s lights out for Askren.”
The fight will take place on April 17 under the Triller Fight Club banner. The location has yet to be determined.