Ben Askren appears to have boiled down his loss to Jake Paul to at least one quite simple cause.
The previous Bellator and ONE welterweight champion got here out of retirement and hip surgical procedure to tackle the YouTube sensation in a highly-publicized bout this previous Saturday. The end result couldn’t have gone a lot worse for Askren, as he was stopped throughout the first two minutes of the combat.
Askren has since vowed to remain off social media to keep away from the seemingly infinite string of negativity and verbal abuse that has been aimed his approach because the loss. Nevertheless, he did seem on the ‘Louder with Crowder‘ podcast to deal with the combat and the fallout (H/T MMA Junkie).
“I’m disillusioned. … I noticed individuals don’t assume I took it severely, and right here’s the factor: Once I took the combat, I stated No. 1 for the cash, No. 2 I believe this might be a superb time,” Askren stated on Monday. “I used to field with my buddies in highschool only for enjoyable. And I educated arduous for 11 weeks. I didn’t miss a observe, and it simply didn’t go my approach.”
It seems that, greater than something, Askren is concerned the thought that the end might have been averted if he listened to the recommendation of Tyron Woodley and Mike Rhodes in his nook.
“We knew he had a superb overhand proper, and I’m a dumbass, and I didn’t block it,” Askren stated. “My protection was slightly too free. I heard my coaches, each Tyron and ‘Biggie,’ have been saying cease reacting to his fakes, and I didn’t, and I paid the worth.”
Being knocked-out by a YouTube character clearly isn’t a superb search for a former skilled fighter. Having it occur in much less time than it took Paul to knockout a former basketball participant is even worse. Add in the quantity of trash speak the 2 shared within the lead-up to the combat, and it most likely cuts to the bone.
Regardless of all of that, Askren says he has no regrets about moving into the ring one final time.
“I believe one of many issues that actually separates me from lots of people is, like, I might’ve very simply sat on my sofa and stated I don’t wish to try this as a result of there’s a possible I’ll be embarrassed,” Askren stated. “That will be the one cause I wouldn’t have performed it. There’s no different legitimate cause, and I stated I’m gonna do it, so f— it.”
Do you assume Ben Askren took the combat in opposition to Jake Paul severely?