How Will Jake Paul Fare in an MMA-Fight Against Ben Askren?

Published 04/15/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


After a tsunami of trash talk and painting of shots at each other, Jake Paul and Ben Askren’s fight is finally on the verge of unfolding this weekend. The boxing fans have waited for the matchup between the two for a long time as this fight can go down as one of the most entertaining boxing events for 2021.

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This will be another crossover fight, wherein an MMA star will lace up the boxing gloves professionally. Although this bout will take place in ‘The Problem Child’s favorable sport and weight class, no one has actually written ‘Funky’ off from this fight.

A major chunk of the fans expect Jake Paul to jump inside the Octagon post this fight to compete against Askren in an MMA fight. But can the young gun defeat Ben Askren in an MMA fight by any means?

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil 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)

Askren, prior to retiring from MMA, was one of the most talented names in the sport. He had a mammoth background in wrestling and was a two-time NCAA Division 1 champion. Moreover, ‘Funky’ was a part of the 2008 Olympic freestyle wrestling team.

That said, going up against the veteran in an MMA fight might be extremely challenging for Jake Paul. Although ‘The Problem Child’ wrestled as a high school teenager, his ground abilities are far from those of ‘Funky’ The Olympian.

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Can Ben Askren provide a rugged in-ring test to Jake Paul this weekend?

Ben Askren has all the experience in the world in MMA. In his prolonged run, ‘Funky’ has contended against some great MMA stars and even won most of those fights. He claimed belts at Bellator MMA and ONE Championship.

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However, going up against someone in a pure boxing match will prove to be a test for Askren, who’s dwelled on his ground game more. But employing his immaculate fight experience will help him go toe to toe against his arch-nemesis, Jake Paul.

That said, it’ll be intriguing to see how Askren fares in this first boxing test of his life. His fans will be glued to their screens to see him give his best shot and subsequently get his hand raised.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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