Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Toe-to-Toe Preview: A complete breakdown


Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren headlines Triller Combat Membership on April 17, 2021 on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

One sentence abstract

Phil: The heroic Ben Askren desperately fights to save lots of the honour of MMA from evil youtubers who simply wish to make a fast buck

David: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren

Stats

Report: Jake Paul 2-0 Ben Askren 0-0

Odds: Jake Paul -190 Ben Askren +160

Historical past / Introduction to the fighters

David: I’ll be completely trustworthy. I can’t let you know a lot, if something, about Paul’s historical past. On the floor, he has the look of an Entourage character rejected by the writers for being too hole, and the sound of a generic nu-metal band making an attempt to cowl a basic rap tune. Like Paul himself, it’s laborious to consider this can be a factor that’s actual. However possibly I’m being too harsh on an obscure industrial steel band; an obscure industrial steel band no person would keep in mind except they have been enormous Quick and Livid followers (of the unique no much less — simply the worst) and distinctly keep in mind the milquetoast rock tune performed throughout one of many least convincing intercourse scenes you’ll ever see. I learn about Paul by means of an episode of That’s Cringe, wherein the tiny meat gang chuckle on the absurdity of a grown man actually making an attempt to relive his highschool years simply so he could make enjoyable of…lecturers (?). No phrase on if Paul ever got here up with a diss monitor about nurses, the ASPCA, or these authorities dicks making an attempt to guard beavers. Talking of which, have you ever ever heard the sound of a child beaver? It’s cuteness overload. Which this fighter, this combat, and this depressing expertise resemble under no circumstances, form, or kind.

Phil: Is Jake Paul the one with the lifeless physique within the forest? Or is that the opposite one? As a creaky greybeard, my experiences with this ghastly household are restricted to the issues which bust out of the broader web or these that are fight sports activities associated. Thus I can let you know {that a} Paul (one among ‘em) has crushed a few folks, a youtuber and a basketball participant. Is it this Paul? I’m assuming that it’s. The primary query is, is he the superior brother? As a result of there’s all the time a fairly large sibling divergence in fightin’ expertise. Shogun and Ninja, Alistair and Valentjin, Patricky and Patricio, Chinzo and Lyoto. There’s all the time a great brother and a not so good one. If this one goes down does the opposite one storm into play like one of many Billy Goats Gruff?

David: If this have been some other former combined martial artist, this combat would possibly resemble the cliched ‘fall from grace.’ Why is a former fighter sullying their identify simply to make one of many Peaked in Excessive Faculty brothers richer? Anybody conversant in Askren is aware of that is form of his wheelhouse. Positive that is stated wheelhouse’s nadir. However he’s by no means taken himself critically, or MMA for that matter. And why ought to he? As the thing of Dana’s anti-affection, he is aware of how willingly MMA rises beneath vulgarity. That’s all the time been Askren’s appeal. He’s a contradiction of components: like a four-star normal taking part in Mario Kart ingesting video games together with his troops, he doesn’t care how this combat can be considered, and that’s a spirit I can get on board with. Even when Askren continues to be mainly an edgelord himself.

Phil: Askren has been one other fighter, like Covington, who has proven that the Chael playbook is a little bit tougher to stay to than folks give it credit score for. Covington made the “error” of being basically charmless, however Askren shared his different mistake: making Dana mad. He would have made an ideal rival to promote Hendricks after GSP left the division, however Dana couldn’t get previous their public shit-talking. As such, he had a profitable (and comparatively straightforward) profession in ONE, earlier than cashing in afterward with one of many funniest UFC runs it’s ever been my privilege to look at. Like him or detest him, Askren has all the time carved his personal mercenary path, and this looks as if a logical finish level.

What’s at stake?

David: I imply. If Paul magically wins, I assume we might all revert again to discussions about boxing versus MMA. Besides as a substitute of boxing vs. MMA, it’s about MMA vs. Influencers. And we might have an irate, head-vein popping Rogan screaming on the high of his lungs arguing with no matter influencer is the ceaselessly twenty-one model of Lou DiBella.

Phil: THE PRIDE OF MMA IS AT STAKE. Man it’s an absolute shocker how many individuals are genuinely invested on this one and desperately need Askren to win it…? Like, he’s combating for MMA’s wider legitimacy or one thing. That is tremendous goddamn bizarre. MMA doesn’t have wider legitimacy! It’s a foolish sport, for foolish folks!

The place do they need it?

David: Let’s get critical. Simply this as soon as. Or possibly not. I’ll attempt. My dad was an newbie boxer. He used to inform me that crucial a part of combating — all these abilities, mechanics, and prowess — meant nothing should you had no cardio. However not simply cardio. It’s additionally about deprivation. Not each fighter is fueled by a damaging upbringing, or recollections. However many are usually fueled by one thing damaging. How else to outlive in the midst of such a damaging expertise? My dad didn’t have a damaging upbringing. He got here from humble beginnings. However he appreciated his muscle vehicles, his ladies, and his illicit medication (nothing critical: ‘grass’ because the previous of us wish to say). He was one thing of a thrill seeker. The explanation I point out my dad is as a result of while you watch Jake Paul spar or hit the mitts, and distinction that with how he fights — it’s night time and day, just like the distinction between an elephant, and an elephant seal. This isn’t a man being fueled by one thing damaging. He as soon as used the road “make like a banana and break up” in a rap bar about “lambocats”. This isn’t a critical human being. So positive, he seems to have good motion, even good footwork. He jabs. He has a superb overhand proper if we’re grading overhand rights on a protractor. However in the ring, there’s one thing missing. Regardless that the Robinson combat led to a brutal KO, with a number of knockdowns prior, it was some of the boring fights you’ll ever see. It was Robinson making an attempt to spearhead deal with Paul, and Paul catching him coming in like each fighters have been on some type of 30-second non secular loop of Zandig’s flaming rooftop slam — simply full chaos minus any semblance of soul or leisure.

Phil: *settles in to look at Logan Paul vs KSI*. OK I’m getting this stuff straight now. That is the flawed one. It’s the opposite Paul brother that we’re breaking down. “settles down to look at Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson”. Proper. Yeah, such as you stated, Paul isn’t with out expertise: he understands to maneuver again out of vary and to jab, he has good handspeed and he’s robust and sport sufficient to swing in shut. The primary drawback is simply that he’s an newbie, and anybody who has ever boxed in any respect can let you know that one of many hardest issues to do is to keep away from falling into the clinch on a regular basis. It even impacts the professionals: when Frazier and Ali acquired right into a scuffle on ABC in 1974 they ended up rolling round on the ground in an undignified mess. It’s HARD to not simply seize maintain and wrestle in unfamiliar conditions. Paul goes to be sparring with people who find themselves virtually all higher than him, and thus it’s unlikely that he’s going to be dropping that lack of consolation any time quickly. Had been he an newbie, you may take a look at him and say that in just a few years, he could possibly be a half-decent boxer, however he’s not. He’s some form of youtube particular person, and he’ll in all probability go on to taking part in the newest and hottest amiga video games, or proudly owning feminists, or ben shapiro, or no matter youtubers do.

David: Lots of jokes can be made at Askren’s expense. “Askren discovered the right way to field in just some weeks to combat Jake Paul? What a warrior!” As an MMA fighter, putting was clearly by no means his robust go well with. Hell he couldn’t even match a putting go well with on. It was dangerous, nevertheless it wasn’t CM Punk dangerous. I understand that is boxing, however folks get too caught up in abilities as Good or Unhealthy, with variations of every. Expertise are about performance, with variations of every. That is true of sports activities as an entire. Athletes will be robust in some areas, and weak in others. The trick is to leverage your signature abilities, broaden your consolation zone, and compete inside your individual peculiarities. Askren has all the time succeeded in exactly this manner. I’m simply now realizing how troublesome it’s to write down this part as a result of Askren is an MMA fighter who “by no means” boxed combating a non-MMA fighter who has. Goddamn this circus. Anyway — Askren intimately is aware of what combating is, what he’s succesful, and what Paul isn’t. That’s why he exudes a bit extra bodily confidence than regular. And why not? Robbie Lawler’s onslaught is as near sure demise because it will get within the ring/cage. Askren survived. He’ll survive a 20-year previous who provides self-help recommendation like Patrick Bateman doing a Tony Robbins impression.

Phil: I believe it genuinely provides enchantment to this combat that Askren may be one of many worst pure strikers to be a ranked fighter in current reminiscence. Demian Maia has all the time had underrated stand-up, however Askren made him seem like Giorgio Petrosyan on the ft. Askren is that man who has merely by no means given a solitary crap what anybody else thought: take a look at this gif from the UFC’s sizzle reel. He’s the unpopular child that relishes in committing to the issues that make everybody else mad. Even when he’s putting “critically” there’s an ironic detachment to the best way that he throws, like he’s making enjoyable of anybody dumb sufficient to take this type of stuff critically. He was even pleased to take that charity wrestling match towards Jordan Burroughs the place he acquired predictably obliterated. The person is resistant to humiliation.

Perception from previous fights

David: I’ve already talked about Paul’s combat. So let’s speak about Askren’s combat with Maia. For those who keep in mind, what ought to have been a possible borefest become a scrappy battle of wills between two non-strikers compelled to strike. It wasn’t as dangerous because it sounds. Among the issues which might be clear with Askren is that regardless of his incapability (padwork however), he’s not afraid to stress. Granted, he makes some basic errors, like ducking his head to maneuver off the centerline, and never planting his ft, however this can be a man who’s comfy combating. That’ll be extra necessary on this combat than whether or not or not he’s comfy putting.

Phil: Askren’s flaws on the ft first grew to become actually obvious in his combat with Jay Hieron, nevertheless it’s notable that he nonetheless stored making an attempt issues even when the wrestling wasn’t as crushing a bonus because it was in his prior bouts. He would throw enormous proper palms (he virtually fell over on his first strike) and kicks. He’s genuinely a fairly respectable clinch fighter, and can soiled field and knee from tie-ups. Hopefully he does that right here and it’s humorous.

X-Elements

David: I imply. Paul is speaking about CTE. Granted, we all know CTE can solely be identified throughout an post-mortem. Which begs the query: did Paul get early entry to preliminary expertise that would assist diagnose CTE earlier than demise, or do all canines go to heaven?

Phil: It does appear a bizarre method of making an attempt to shortcut your path to boxing plaudits. “I’m keen to die in there bro! I’ve already given a lot for this sport” and so on and so on. The 2 most important issues are: is Askren simply bodily shot at this level in his profession, and the way a lot does the ref break clinches?

Prognostication

David: I imply. That is simply one other diversion. Like Mayweather vs. McGregor, solely dumber. Oh yea. I keep in mind that coat. Perhaps not “dumber” however actually much less expert. Askren will win not as a result of he’s extra technical, or stronger, or sooner. However as a result of he’s extra peculiar. He is aware of deprivation. And so when Paul has needed to clinch for the fifth time in a single minute. When he’s not in a position to squirm out of Askren’s embrace as simply. When the partitions begin to really feel like they’re closing in. That’s when the muscular tissues develop a little bit tighter, and the margins for error develop a little bit wider. When Paul’s lactic acidosis is…ashes…then he has Askren’s permission to die. Ben Askren by Resolution.

Phil: Askren’s highway to victory is each humorous and believable: clinch Paul a bunch till he’s too drained after which pitter pat him to a choice. The basic Boxcar Homer in its purest kind. That being stated, he’s smaller, older, and genuinely naturally dreadful at putting. If the folks round Paul are doing something it needs to be getting him on the treadmill and instructing him to preserve. Jake Paul by unanimous choice.

David: You’re choosing Paul?!?!

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