Demetrious Johnson Reveals His Pick for Ben Askren Versus Jake Paul

Published 03/23/2021, 2:16 AM EDT


We are less than a month away before former UFC fighter and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren steps into the boxing ring for the first time to face Youtube star Jake “The Problem Child” Paul on April 17th.

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On an evening that is expected to bring viewership from all across the combat sports spectrum, Askren comes in to represent the MMA side of the equation, while Paul comes in to (sort of) represent boxing.

One man who’s excited to see who wins this fight is none other than current ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

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Johnson, if you can recall, joined ONE via a well-publicized trade between the Singapore-based organization and the UFC, that sent “Funky” back to the United States in exchange for “Mighty Mouse.”

While Johnson is hoping Askren will emerge victorious, the 34-year-old veteran has his doubts, and knows where to put his money.

“When I look at Jake Paul and I look at Ben Askren, I want Ben Askren to win. But if I was a betting man, and I came to the table and I had 500,000 dollars to put on either Ben Askren or Jake Paul, I’m just going to throw it on Jake Paul,” Johnson said in a recent interview with The Schmo.

“I mean, I’m rooting for Ben Askren, but I don’t think he’s taking out Jake Paul.”

Askren vs. Paul is scheduled for eight rounds, and goes down on Saturday, April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

As for Johnson, who remains one of the best fighters in the world today pound-for-pound, “Mighty Mouse” is back in action on April 7 at “ONE on TNT,” ONE Championship’s return to US prime time. The show is the first installation of the four-part “ONE on TNT” event series, available on B/R Live and TNT. Also on the card, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez takes on #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus of Moldova in the evening’s co-main event.

Johnson competes in the headline bout against Brazil’s Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes for the highly coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.

“I’m now looking forward to going back to Singapore, back to Asia, and see if we can capture gold,” said Johnson. “I’m doing well over in ONE Championship. I’m happy where I’m at.”

We are less than a month away before former UFC fighter and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren steps into the boxing ring for the first time to face Youtube star Jake “The Problem Child” Paul on April 17th.

On an evening that is expected to bring viewership from all across the combat sports spectrum, Askren comes in to represent the MMA side of the equation, while Paul comes in to (sort of) represent boxing.

One man who’s excited to see who wins this fight is none other than current ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Johnson, if you can recall, joined ONE via a well-publicized trade between the Singapore-based organization and the UFC, that sent “Funky” back to the United States in exchange for “Mighty Mouse.”

While Johnson is hoping Askren will emerge victorious, the 34-year-old veteran has his doubts, and knows where to put his money.

“When I look at Jake Paul and I look at Ben Askren, I want Ben Askren to win. But if I was a betting man, and I came to the table and I had 500,000 dollars to put on either Ben Askren or Jake Paul, I’m just going to throw it on Jake Paul,” Johnson said in a recent interview with The Schmo.

“I mean, I’m rooting for Ben Askren, but I don’t think he’s taking out Jake Paul.”

Askren vs. Paul is scheduled for eight rounds, and goes down on Saturday, April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

As for Johnson, who remains one of the best fighters in the world today pound-for-pound, “Mighty Mouse” is back in action on April 7 at “ONE on TNT,” ONE Championship’s return to US prime time. The show is the first installation of the four-part “ONE on TNT” event series, available on B/R Live and TNT. Also on the card, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez takes on #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus of Moldova in the evening’s co-main event.

Johnson competes in the headline bout against Brazil’s Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes for the highly coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.

“I’m now looking forward to going back to Singapore, back to Asia, and see if we can capture gold,” said Johnson. “I’m doing well over in ONE Championship. I’m happy where I’m at.”

We are less than a month away before former UFC fighter and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren steps into the boxing ring for the first time to face Youtube star Jake “The Problem Child” Paul on April 17th.

On an evening that is expected to bring viewership from all across the combat sports spectrum, Askren comes in to represent the MMA side of the equation, while Paul comes in to (sort of) represent boxing.

One man who’s excited to see who wins this fight is none other than current ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Johnson, if you can recall, joined ONE via a well-publicized trade between the Singapore-based organization and the UFC, that sent “Funky” back to the United States in exchange for “Mighty Mouse.”

While Johnson is hoping Askren will emerge victorious, the 34-year-old veteran has his doubts, and knows where to put his money.

“When I look at Jake Paul and I look at Ben Askren, I want Ben Askren to win. But if I was a betting man, and I came to the table and I had 500,000 dollars to put on either Ben Askren or Jake Paul, I’m just going to throw it on Jake Paul,” Johnson said in a recent interview with The Schmo.

“I mean, I’m rooting for Ben Askren, but I don’t think he’s taking out Jake Paul.”

Askren vs. Paul is scheduled for eight rounds, and goes down on Saturday, April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

As for Johnson, who remains one of the best fighters in the world today pound-for-pound, “Mighty Mouse” is back in action on April 7 at “ONE on TNT,” ONE Championship’s return to US prime time. The show is the first installation of the four-part “ONE on TNT” event series, available on B/R Live and TNT. Also on the card, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez takes on #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus of Moldova in the evening’s co-main event.

Johnson competes in the headline bout against Brazil’s Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes for the highly coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.

“I’m now looking forward to going back to Singapore, back to Asia, and see if we can capture gold,” said Johnson. “I’m doing well over in ONE Championship. I’m happy where I’m at.”

We are less than a month away before former UFC fighter and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren steps into the boxing ring for the first time to face Youtube star Jake “The Problem Child” Paul on April 17th.

On an evening that is expected to bring viewership from all across the combat sports spectrum, Askren comes in to represent the MMA side of the equation, while Paul comes in to (sort of) represent boxing.

One man who’s excited to see who wins this fight is none other than current ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Johnson, if you can recall, joined ONE via a well-publicized trade between the Singapore-based organization and the UFC, that sent “Funky” back to the United States in exchange for “Mighty Mouse.”

While Johnson is hoping Askren will emerge victorious, the 34-year-old veteran has his doubts, and knows where to put his money.

“When I look at Jake Paul and I look at Ben Askren, I want Ben Askren to win. But if I was a betting man, and I came to the table and I had 500,000 dollars to put on either Ben Askren or Jake Paul, I’m just going to throw it on Jake Paul,” Johnson said in a recent interview with The Schmo.

Ben Askren celebrates after beating Robbie Lawler in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“I mean, I’m rooting for Ben Askren, but I don’t think he’s taking out Jake Paul.”

Askren vs. Paul is scheduled for eight rounds, and goes down on Saturday, April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

As for Johnson, who remains one of the best fighters in the world today pound-for-pound, “Mighty Mouse” is back in action on April 7 at “ONE on TNT,” ONE Championship’s return to US prime time. The show is the first installation of the four-part “ONE on TNT” event series, available on B/R Live and TNT. Also on the card, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez takes on #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus of Moldova in the evening’s co-main event.

Johnson competes in the headline bout against Brazil’s Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes for the highly coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.

“I’m now looking forward to going back to Singapore, back to Asia, and see if we can capture gold,” said Johnson. “I’m doing well over in ONE Championship. I’m happy where I’m at.”

We are less than a month away before former UFC fighter and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben “Funky” Askren steps into the boxing ring for the first time to face Youtube star Jake “The Problem Child” Paul on April 17th.

On an evening that is expected to bring viewership from all across the combat sports spectrum, Askren comes in to represent the MMA side of the equation, while Paul comes in to (sort of) represent boxing.

One man who’s excited to see who wins this fight is none other than current ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Johnson, if you can recall, joined ONE via a well-publicized trade between the Singapore-based organization and the UFC, that sent “Funky” back to the United States in exchange for “Mighty Mouse.”

While Johnson is hoping Askren will emerge victorious, the 34-year-old veteran has his doubts, and knows where to put his money.

“When I look at Jake Paul and I look at Ben Askren, I want Ben Askren to win. But if I was a betting man, and I came to the table and I had 500,000 dollars to put on either Ben Askren or Jake Paul, I’m just going to throw it on Jake Paul,” Johnson said in a recent interview with The Schmo.

“I mean, I’m rooting for Ben Askren, but I don’t think he’s taking out Jake Paul.”

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Askren vs. Paul is scheduled for eight rounds, and goes down on Saturday, April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

As for Johnson, who remains one of the best fighters in the world today pound-for-pound, “Mighty Mouse” is back in action on April 7 at “ONE on TNT,” ONE Championship’s return to US prime time. The show is the first installation of the four-part “ONE on TNT” event series, available on B/R Live and TNT. Also on the card, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez takes on #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus of Moldova in the evening’s co-main event.

Johnson competes in the headline bout against Brazil’s Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes for the highly coveted ONE Flyweight World Championship.

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“I’m now looking forward to going back to Singapore, back to Asia, and see if we can capture gold,” said Johnson. “I’m doing well over in ONE Championship. I’m happy where I’m at.”

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