Weigh-in leads to a lot of ‘Dad Bod’ jokes, but Ben Askren is coming to save the world from Jake Paul


Jake Paul (L) and Ben Askren face off in Atlanta.

Jake Paul (L) and Ben Askren face off in Atlanta.
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On an precise boxing card with precise authentic boxers, Jake Paul is as soon as once more boxing a non-boxer.

Though Paul insists on calling himself a boxer now that he’s 2-0, together with the notorious Nate Robinson knockout, although he has but to field an precise boxer. Properly, he isn’t doing that tonight both, because the total religion of the blended martial arts neighborhood is on the shoulders — and love handles — of ‘Funky’ Ben Askren.

Appears to be like are very deceiving, even in fight sports activities. The latest prime instance is Andy Ruiz Jr’s surprising win over Anthony Joshua to develop into a unified world heavyweight champion. Askren is without doubt one of the most completed freestyle wrestlers and blended martial artists that you simply’re going to search out. He’s a two-time NCAA Division I Champion, two-time Massive-12 Champion, and a gold medalist within the Pan-American Video games, United State Nationwide Wrestling Championships, and the FILA World Grappling Championships.

Askren started his MMA profession 19-0, together with welterweight title runs in Bellator and One Championship. His nineteenth bout was his first within the UFC, adopted by back-to-back losses within the promotion, earlier than his retirement.

Askren, although, can also be not a boxer.

Besides, the MMA neighborhood — considered one of a number of communities that may’t stand Paul and or his brother Logan — is pulling for Askren, as divisive he’s even been throughout the sport. It’s no completely different from folks rooting towards Dimitri Rascalov from Grand Theft Auto 4, William Rawls from The Wire, Majid Sadiq from Splinter Cell: Blacklist, or Nelson from The Simpsons. Paul, recently, has been simply as animated because the latter. I don’t care both manner, however I don’t blame them.

I imply, have a look at this shit.

However hey, if Paul loses, folks will simply work out who he’ll battle subsequent and root towards him then, too. Possibly subsequent time we see him on Triller, it’ll be an precise boxer? Nah, that’s most likely wishful pondering. On a battle night time that includes performances from Justin Beiber, Mount Westmore, The Black Keys, Saweetie, Doja Cat, and others, a bit of the fight sport universe is praying to God that Askren by some means knocks Paul out. And it’s arduous not to take action given the build-up to this battle.

And, once more, there are precise good fights on the cardboard. Regis Prograis versus Ivan Redkach options the return of a former World Champion trying to get again into title rivalry! Steve Cunningham versus … *checks notes* … Frank Mir?!

Wait … What the fuck?

Ohhh, that’s proper. Askren isn’t the one MMA legend competing in his boxing debut on this card. Mir, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion (from 2004), will field with Cunningham, a authentic boxer who hasn’t competed in practically 4 years, however was a former World Cruiserweight Champion who as soon as gave a younger Tyson Fury a implausible effort at heavyweight. Quietly, this will probably be an intriguing boxing versus MMA merger, however once more, what?

Oh, however who am I kidding: Persons are right here for the circus. We’ll see what occurs, I assume, however should you’re that invested in Askren defeating Paul, possibly watch Kelvin Gastelum versus Robert Whittaker as an alternative?



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