Ben Askren Says Jake Paul’s Shove Shot Was “Weak” – Reacts to Jorge Masvidal’s Facetime Incident

Published 03/27/2021, 1:48 AM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 03: Ben Askren fields questions from the media during a UFC Singapore on-sale press conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 03, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jake Paul and Ben Askren got involved in a minor physical altercation in their recent face-off. After meeting face-to-face, the duo pushed each other and intensified the build-up of their much-awaited fight.

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While it seemingly displayed their animosity against each other, Paul’s moves did not intimidate Askren. Although it helped to sensationalize the upcoming fight, ‘Funky’ still picked up time to ridicule Jake Paul and his recent stance. Reacting to the whole scenario, Ben Askren connected with ESPN and explained why he actually turned it physical with Jake Paul in the face-offs.

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“So, I was about to step away having to phaseout my step when I saw him coming back at me. So, I was just, you know, gave him, get out of my face type of thing. Like, a big brother would do to Logan’s little brother,” said Askren.

He added, “And he didn’t like that, so he like, he gave me a body shot, a palm body shot, very very weak… Hope that’s not the best he has.”

That’s not the only thing to have vexed the former UFC star. Jake Paul also face-timed Askren’s former rival, Jorge Masvidal, and ‘Funky’ reacted to the same. He said, “That’s very low-hanging fruit. How dorky was that?”

What exactly happened between Jake Paul and Ben Askren?

In their recent face-off, Askren and Paul got physical and showed the world that their beef is real. The MMA elite came forward and instigated the move by putting his hand on Paul’s face. In response, ‘The Problem Child’ retaliated, but the pair were separated before the scenario went out of control.

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Following this heated build-up, Paul and Askren will now meet each other inside the boxing ring in a few weeks. While Askren seemed ready to stage a sensational pro debut in boxing, Paul also appeared confident that he would bag the third win of his career.

What did you make of the altercation at the face-off and the reaction in the aftermath?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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