UFC’s president stated he’d guess $1 million that YouTube star Jake Paul will lose to Ben Askren. Learn extra in regards to the embellished MMA fighter and wrestler, forward of the match that celebrities like Justin Bieber can be acting at.
Ben Askren is the most recent particular person whom YouTube star Jake Paul can be leaping into the boxing ring with. Their eight-round match is ready to go down contained in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on April 17 at 9 p.m. EDT. Jake and Ben received’t be the one recognizable names on the Triller Fight Club occasion; Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer and the brand new rap group Mt. Westmore (consisting of hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too $hort) are all anticipated to carry out throughout the occasion.
When I got the decision to struggle Logan Paul’s little brother I had to enter Rocky Style coaching! pic.twitter.com/GDunqgLjmh
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 28, 2021
Even extra celebrities are taking part in Ben and Jake’s match as announcers: Snoop, Pete Davidson, Tayor Hill, TikTookay stars Dixie and Charli D’Amelio, and Crimeface. So, who’s Jake’s opponent who has warranted such a star-studded performer and announcer lineup, and whom UFC president Dana White stated he’d “bet a million dollars” will beat Jake whereas showing on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast? Read on to search out out.
Ben Askren Was On The U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team
Ben got his begin as an achieved wrestler. He received two state championships as a highschool pupil at Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin and continued to compete in wrestling in faculty on the University of Missouri. During his time there, he received the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 2006 and 2007. He’s now an inductee within the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduating from the University of Missouri in 2007, Ben went on to compete on the U.S. group for freestyle wrestling on the 2008 Summer Olympics. While he didn’t win medals there, Ben nonetheless competed in wrestling tournaments right here and there; for instance, in 2010, he flipped the desk by defeating Ivan Fundora — who beat Ben on the Olympics — on the Cerro Pelado International in Cuba.
Ben Askren Then Became A Mixed Martial Artist
Jake isn’t going up in opposition to a simple opponent. Since making his MMA debut in 2009, Ben has gone on to rack up a quantity of spectacular accomplishments and is most well-known for being the Bellator welterweight champion and the ONE Welterweight Champion. He additionally by no means misplaced a struggle throughout his contract with ONE Championship and left the group with a headline-making 18-0-1 report when he signed on to struggle with the UFC in Nov. 2018.
Ben Askren Retired From MMA In 2019
“I’m retiring from the sport of MMA. Frankly, I’m retiring from everything,” Ben introduced on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, per ESPN, in Nov. 2019. At the time, Ben had been coping with hip points.
“I’ve been having hip problems, and I finally had the discussion with my doctor…and I need a [left] hip replacement,” Ben revealed on the present. He added, “So, man, that’s it for me. I’ve been thinking about this for a week and what I was going to say, and I’m filled with gratitude for how great of a career I’ve been able to have, even though obviously in the end it did not turn out to go my way.”
PUMPED TO ANNOUNCE that after I beat up @jakepaul dwell on @triller April 17 I’ll return to my roots. @floydmayweather has agreed to a finest 2 of 3 falls wresting exhibition. After I pin Floyd very quickly flat I anticipate pinning a number of extra amateurs. pic.twitter.com/4nJXwDB8eq
— Funky (@Benaskren) February 4, 2021
After finishing his hip surgical procedure in 2020, Ben is now on the brink of “return to [his] roots” in freestyle wrestling by competing in opposition to the legendary Floyd Mayweather after his match with Jake, he introduced in Feb. 2021.
Jake Paul Made The First Move & Challenged Ben Askren To Fight
I really feel like that is common work at finest. the man has a full-time manufacturing workers and he can’t give you something higher??? https://t.co/R5238po9Lr
— Funky (@Benaskren) February 23, 2021
Jake challenged Ben (together with different skilled fighters like Conor McGregor) to struggle in Nov. 2020. Ben took the callout significantly.
“I’m retired…coaching wrestling, doing some podcasts, buying some bitcoin, enjoying life. I don’t really want to fight anybody. So November, this jabroni Jake Paul calls me out [and] puts up a poster with my name, ha ha. It’s kinda funny, whatever, no big deal. Well then, a couple of weeks later, I get a couple of texts. Then a week after that, I get some calls. Then I get an offer. Ok, this guy really wants to fight,” Ben defined within the Twitter video under.
— Funky (@Benaskren) December 27, 2020
“Am I opposed to making some easy money beating up a YouTuber? Of course I’m not,” he continued. “So what do I do? Sure, Jacob, I’ll fight you. No problem. I accept publicly on Twitter, nonetheless. Since then, Jacob’s went silent. Jacob’s kind of a coward. Sorry guys, don’t think the fight’s happening.” Well, it’s definitely taking place now!
Ben’s match in opposition to Jake will mark his skilled boxing debut. The embellished MMA fighter and wrestler isn’t too nervous about switching it up, although. “Boxing, that seems kind of easy. Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me,” Ben informed Submission Radio, per Sporting News.
Jake Paul Is Making A Lot Of Money For This Fight
Jake is reportedly making an “official purse of $690,000” for his struggle in opposition to Ben, per CBS Sports. Meanwhile, Ben’s “official purse is $500,000,” in response to the outlet.