MMA Fans Continue to Make Fun of Ben Askren as He Prepares to Fight Jake Paul

Published 02/01/2021, 12:46 AM EST
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)


Ben Askren has been dominating the news recently, and it has nothing to do with MMA. ‘Funky’, the former two-time Dan Hodge Trophy winner, will take on one of the most controversial names in the sport in Jake Paul.

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The YouTube star earned a name for himself after viciously knocking out Nate Robinson on the co-main event of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. With a reported 1.8 million PPVs sold, the event was an extremely successful one. 

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates 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)

He used the platform to call out the likes of Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis. Although none of the aforementioned fights worked out, an unlikely opponent in 36-year-old Ben Askren will be ‘The Problem Child’s’ next in-ring adversary. 

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How will the result of the fight against Jake Paul affect Ben Askren?

Ben Askren came into the UFC as a highly touted and highly accomplished champion who was undefeated. In his first fight in the UFC, he beat a former champion in Robbie Lawler, albeit it was not the most convincing win. 

However, it was his second fight in the UFC that wiped out all his credibility as Jorge Masvidal knocked him out in a record-breaking 5-seconds. The loss to Demian Maia was the final nail in the coffin, after which he called it quits on his MMA career as he needed a hip replacement surgery. 

An MMA page even trolled ‘Funky’ by using a chain to show how he is better than Muhammad Ali.

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When the fight was announced, it was met with a lot of criticism, as MMA fans and fighters alike felt that ‘Funky’ was not the best person to represent MMA.

It is no secret that Askren does not have the best striking in the game and getting in a boxing ring against a much younger and hungrier opponent, albeit a vastly inexperienced opponent, is a risky proposition. 

As the saying goes in combat sports, ‘you’re only as good as your last fight’. If the seasoned professional, ‘Funky’, was to lose against a YouTuber, Paul, it will erase a lot of his accomplishments.  

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However, if ‘Funky’ can pull off a win over ‘Problem Child’ he will win over most of the MMA fans. 

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Kevin Binoy

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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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