Maybe Costa Was Drunk’ – Ben Askren Trolls Israel Adesanya After His Loss

Published 03/07/2021, 4:45 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)


Former One Championship welterweight champion and UFC fighter, Ben Askren, trolled Israel Adesanya after his loss against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.

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Like many other critics and fans, ‘Funky’ thought ‘The Last Stylebender’ would get that win, but Blachowicz weathered the early storm to take away the fight from him in the championship rounds.

“I really thought Izzy was gonna beat Jan easy! Maybe Costa was drunk,” Askren tweeted. He was referring to the recent conversation around Izzy’s fight against Paulo Costa.

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Costa fought Adesanya at UFC 253 and was knocked out in the second round. After the fight was done, Costa revealed that he had had too much wine and was drunk the night before. He went ahead with this statement and tweeted, “Sober Costa is still undefeated.

Askren’s tweet was hilarious, keeping in line with the rest of his feed on Twitter where engaged in a social media brawl with Jake Paul, which resulted in them scheduling a fight on April 17th, 2021.

Ben Askren will face YouTube celebrity Jake Paul in a boxing match

Askren was known for his wrestling prowess in the MMA world, and hence his boxing fight against the controversial Jake Paul turned a lot of heads. A lot of the fans and pundits believe that a win for ‘The Problem Child’ will tarnish the respect that people have for MMA fighters.

However, Askren is training hard and has uploaded some footage of his workouts on Twitter. Paul is a mildly talented boxer, but with Askren’s training, the latter should come in as the favorite in the fight.

He had a wonderful MMA career and was the ONE Championship welterweight champion. The UFC signed him in a trade that took the former UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, to ONE Championship.

Askren won his first fight in the UFC in a controversial manner when he beat Robbie Lawler via a choke. The referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, but ‘Ruthless’ instantly stood up to show that he was fine.

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He retired in 2019 after two successive losses, including a defeat against Jorge Masvidal, which was the fastest knockout in UFC history. Ever since then, he has been focusing on his podcasts.

Given the timing and accuracy of Askren’s tweet, it’s clear that he hasn’t lost a step in taking a shot at fighters, and this will help him a lot against Paul as their fight date draws closer.

What did you make of Askren’s latest post on Twitter? Could he expect a response if his boxing debut goes south?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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