From a career full of controversial internet fame to a new love for boxing and MMA, Jake Paul has kept people on their toes over the years. Now, he and Ben Askren are going toe-to-toe.
Jake Paul is perhaps one of the most disliked YouTubers ever due to all the negative attention he radiates. From getting fired from a Disney Channel show to racial slurs and inappropriate videos to saying COVID-19 is a hoax to property damage and an illegitimate wedding.
Ben Askren as a Fighter
Now he’s set to go up against Ben Askren on April 17. Askren is a retired professional martial artist. He was a Bellator and ONE Welterweight Champion and went on to compete in the UFC. In addition to that, he was also a U.S. Olympic team member for wrestling and a two-time NCAA champion.
Meanwhile, Jake Paul has started a career in the professional boxing world in the last few years. His first official professional fight was in December 2019 against YouTuber AnEsonGib. Paul won the fight. Then in July 2020, Paul took on professional basketball player, Nate Robinson. He won that fight as well.
Now he’s getting in the ring with a very professional athlete for the first time. Although Askren is not a boxer, he still has a lot of experience in the ring. Dana White, the UFC President, has stated that he would bet $1 million that Jake Paul is going to lose that fight.
It seems that Ben Askren agrees.
According to MMA Fighting, Ben Askren admits he isn’t the best at striking because he has always dominated in grappling. He is a better fighter when both people end up competing on the ground. He also believes that his experience in MMA is going to make him come out on top.
“Boxing, obviously it’s different, but I told someone the other day that I’m really good at athletics. I wanted to be a really great wrestler. I won NCAA titles and made the Olympics … wanted to be a good mixed martial artist … and won multiple belts in multiple organizations. If I want to beat up an amateur boxer, it ain’t gonna take me more than three months of training to do so,” Askren said.
Jake Paul Fight Expectations
Despite being a retired Olympic athlete, Askren was okay with coming out of retirement to take on a YouTuber-turned-boxer. Askren boasted that he has a takedown in 48 out of the 50 rounds he did in MMA. In his transition to boxing, Askren believes that wrestling is far more difficult to begin with. However, Askren is often referred to as one of the worst strikers from the MMA. He has never gotten a one-shot knockout and couldn’t land a punch during his first two UFC fights.
“Way less [stress than wrestling]. In wrestling, you get put in all kinds of really, really strange positions. Boxing is way easier than anything. Jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, there’s very little stress comparatively,” Ben Askren said.
The money from the fight is substantial. This is a large reason why Askren agreed to it in the first place. He explained that he owns five wrestling academies and that his time is valuable, but this seems worth it. Bets are already in full swing for the next fight. Snoop Dogg provided hilarious commentary during the Nate Robinson and Jake Paul fight. He allegedly has $2 million on Jake Paul being the winner in the fight against Askren.
Ben Askren also appeared on Logan Paul’s show and calmly said, “I don’t think he’s that good” in reference to Jake Paul. He didn’t say much more or try to puff his chest out before the big fight.
One thing is certain, however, a lot of money is on the line and people are hoping for more Snoop Dogg commentary.