Whereas many are nonetheless making an attempt to course of regardless of the hell it was that they noticed from the Triller Battle Membership occasion on Saturday night time, there’s one factor we all know for certain: the occasion generated an enormous quantity of curiosity and a cash. Jake Paul defeated Ben Askren through technical knockout within the first spherical (watch it right here), so in fact there’s going to be extra occasions like this sooner or later, and Paul will proceed to struggle washed out athletes en path to his holy grail of a Conor McGregor struggle.
Providing himself up as one in every of these athletes? Former UFC light-weight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn.
Penn, 42, hasn’t fought in three years. Earlier to that he went on an unparalleled 1-9-1 skid between 2010 and 2019. Ultimately, it was hassle outdoors the cage that ended his profession: UFC lower him after a number of movies popped up in fast succession exhibiting Penn combating outdoors of bars (and dropping there, too).
In some methods, Penn is the proper follow-up for Jake Paul: Askren was a ONE and Bellator champion however by no means got here near UFC gold. Penn is one in every of a really small circle of fighters to not solely be a UFC champion however to have held belts in two divisions. He’s additionally a lot smaller and well beyond his prime to the purpose the place Paul may simply win.
However the struggle additionally comes with some severe baggage. BJ Penn’s life has grow to be a reasonably large mess over time, with disturbing allegations of sexual and bodily abuse being levied at him by the mom of one in every of his youngsters. Then there was an incident the place he allegedly threatened a neighbor with a machete, the beforehand talked about avenue fights, and a few DUI arrests as properly.
Jake Paul was accused of sexual assault main as much as the Askren struggle, so perhaps these sorts of allegations received’t cease a struggle from coming collectively. Or perhaps Paul’s crew received’t need an excellent bigger shadow of potential revelations hanging over their subsequent struggle. Because it stands, it’s simply a suggestion Penn is dangling on the market on the web: some severe clout, if Paul has the stones to field one of many first UFC fighters to be renown for his boxing expertise in his prime.
We really feel like Paul would most likely choose combating Dillon Danis.