Jake Paul – the YouTuber who wants to fight McGregor – knocked out former UFC star Ben Askren in round 1. The fight puzzled many. Was the fight staged or does Jake actually have what it takes to take down McGregor? With fights like these, fans are reminded that anything is possible in a match. With boxing betting these matches can get even more exciting; figuring out who is going to win, how, gives the fans a small dose of adrenaline.
Jake Paul – the scandalous YouTuber targeting a fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor – underscored his martial arts ambitions with a victory over a former colleague McGregor. In the main fight of the Triller Fight Club event, which is one of the biggest, especially when rap legend Snoop Dogg is behind it, Paul knocked out the former UFC fighter Ben Askren in a boxing match. The fight was a great spectacle, there were musical appearances by Justin Bieber, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg (who was also a commentator), both opponents were introduced by ring announcer legend Michael Buffer. Some fans were joking that the musical performers got more airtime than the actual fight. Comedian Pete Davidson stole the show with his reporting of the fight.
Because of Paul’s prominence in the USA, the fight is causing waves there, but it also causes discussions as to whether everything turned out right.
Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren in the first round.
Askren was knocked out in the first round of the Atlanta Falcons’ NFL stadium, the referee broke off after two minutes when Askren could barely get up after a left-right combination from Paul.
Paul, who is a prominent star with tens of millions of followers on his channels because of his successfully marketed social media videos in the USA, has been working on a martial arts career since the beginning of 2020: He first defeated his YouTuber colleague AnEsonGib, then in the opening act for Mike- Tyson comebacks against Roy Jones Jr. the former NBA star “Krypto” Nate Robinson – after which the promoters emphasized that the great success of the event was also due to Paul’s popularity.
Askren is now the first established martial artist Paul has defeated – although the long-time MMA fighter as a boxer was also unfamiliar: Askren comes out of the wrestling, was an Olympic participant in 2008 and had won several of the renowned Danny Hodge Trophies at college, the Equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in Football. In the MMA area, the welterweight born Askren was unbeaten between 2009 and 2019, but then lost his most recent two fights against Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia at the UFC. He commented on his defeat against Paul on Twitter with “Sorry world”.
Paul commented on his victory confidently: “I’ve told you all that I’m a real fighter. I don’t know how many more times I have to prove it.”
Was the fight a fake? It is controversial
This is exactly what skeptics continue to doubt; after the fight, very loud and widespread discussions arose on social media as to whether the fight was a staged fake. In this context, a clip was often shared in which Askren was in a UFC fight against Robbie Lawler, in which he took numerous blows while lying on the floor – a striking contrast to the glass chin he revealed against Paul.
Wrestlers also got involved in the discussions – especially those who were called to fight and staging, but without a clear result: While the former WWE wrestler PJ Polaco (Justin Credible, Aldo Montoya) assumes a “work” – that is, an agreement , ex-colleague Glenn Gilberti (Disco Inferno) considers the allegations to be nonsense.
Jake Paul’s official fight exchange was quoted at $ 690,000, Askren pocketed 500,000 – more than for any of his UFC fights. Snoop Dogg, who offered UFC boss Dana White a $ 2 million bet on Paul’s victory, wants to see even more money. However, White himself said that he would never have accepted the bet.
Is Jake Paul going to fight Conor McGregor now?
Jake Paul, often caught in negative headlines, had already drawn attention to himself before defeating Askren with a challenge to McGregor. The fight between the lightweight McGregor and the 87-kilo man Paul appears sportily nonsensical but should be a commercial hit because of Paul and McGregor’s fan base. McGregor has not yet accepted the insulting challenge from Jake Paul – whose brother Logan Paul recently took part in WWE and himself arranged a (now indefinitely postponed) fight against Floyd Mayweather – but has not turned it down either. It is uncertain whether it fits into the current priorities of “Notorious One”.
McGregor plans to return the favor to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on July 10th and get himself back into position for a title fight.