Ben Askren States He Will Feel ‘Much Better’ About What Happened to Him if Jake Paul Wins Against Tyron Woodley

Published 08/27/2021, 1:21 AM EDT
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)


YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul is progressively taking on tougher opponents in a bid to legitimize himself as a boxer. ‘The Problem Child’ first started his boxing career with a win over ‘Deji’ in August 2018.

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Just three years on from that fight, Paul is headlining a card against a former UFC champion on a Showtime PPV event. In his ascension to the top, Jake Paul took on former ONE FC welterweight champion and renowned collegiate wrestler, Ben Askren. The fight did not last very long as Paul absolutely annihilated Askren with a right hand and closed the show early. 

As Askren’s friend and former teammate Tyron Woodley prepares to take on Jake Paul, ‘Funky’ shared his thoughts on what a win for Paul would mean to him in an interview with TMZ. He said, “I’m still not under the conclusion that (Jake) is a good boxer. He hit me one time really good, but it wasn’t like he beat me soundly over six rounds, he does hit hard, I guess we’ll give him credit for that,” 

Funky’ continued, “If he’s able to beat Tyron, I will probably feel much better about what happened to me, because I’ll think damn, Tyron’s really good. I think that’s probably unlikely, but in that case, that’s probably what I’d think.”(h/t middleeasy.com)

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Can Tyron Woodley secure a win against Jake Paul this weekend?

Tyron Woodley is not the most technical striker and never has been. However, Woodley has legitimate one-punch knockout power, something that can not be taught. ‘The Chosen One’ has displayed this time and time again, knocking out the likes of Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck, among others. 

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However, in his recent fights, Woodley has been extremely gun shy. Against Paul, being gun shy might land him in the same spot as his friend Ben Askren.

For Woodley to be effective against Paul, he will have to come out from the very first bell and be assertive. If ‘The Chosen One’ is able to land a few clean right hands, it will surely make Paul more cautious going forward, which will work to Woodley’s advantage. 

What do you think is the best possible route to victory for Jake Paul? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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