“You’re Running Bellator Into the Ground”- Ben Askren Fires Back at Scott Coker

Published 12/24/2020, 12:23 AM EST
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Ben Askren will fight Jake Paul in a boxing match in March 2021. In an interview with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, Bellator CEO Scott Coker claimed that Askren will get knocked out in that fight.

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Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren was not too happy with the prediction and fired back at Coker. Askren reminded Coker that he dominated current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima for all 5 rounds in their fight, back in 2012. The former multi-organization world champion also added that Scott Coker is running Bellator into the ground with his poor management.

Ben Askren thinks Bellator should fire Coker. In another explosive Tweet, Askren said ViacomCBS is trying to sell Bellator MMA. However, due to Coker’s poor job with the organization, they can’t even find a buyer.

Clearly, “Funky” didn’t quite appreciate Coker’s prediction. But it’s hard to blame the Bellator CEO either. Askren’s striking is not his strongest accolade.

He holds an unwanted record of being on the wrong end of the fastest knockout in UFC history. Jorge Masvidal delivered a flying knee to end his unbeaten run as a professional fighter.

Askren is a world-class wrestler on his own merit. Very few in the game, if any, are as decorated as him on that aspect. But his stand-up game was never his strength. Rather, it betrayed him in his short UFC stint.

It is surprising that Askren has decided to take up Boxing after retiring from combat sports for over a year.

Ben Askren is a betting underdog for his fight against Jake Paul

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Jake Paul, unlike Ben Askren, has prior boxing experience. The YouTuber has 2 professional wins in as many bouts. Both of his wins have come via knockout.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren reacts to his submission loss to Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019, in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He is a favorite in his boxing match against Askren. Considering Askren’s experience as a combat athlete, this might come as a surprise. But, as mentioned earlier, Askren is not quite a striking phenomenon.

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Will Ben Askren get knocked out again? Are his claims about Scott Coker valid?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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