‘Ben Smashes This Dude’- Daniel Cormier Sides with Ben Askren Following Electric Face-off Against Jake Paul

Published 03/27/2021, 7:19 AM EDT


Daniel Cormier took to social media and gave his immediate reaction to Ben Askren and Jake Paul’s first face-off. ‘Funky’ and ‘Problem Child’ are just weeks away from what is one of the most anticipated combat sports events of the year. The boxing match takes place under the Triller banner and will play out much like Tyson vs Jones Jr did.

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Chiefly, both men stared off against each other for the first time and sat down at a presser to talk about the fight. After some heated words were exchanged, the face-off was even more contentious and things got physical. Ben Askren palmed away at Paul’s face and ‘The Problem Child’ responded with a spirited shove.

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Daniel Cormier broke down the contentious stare-down and took away plenty from their exchange in front of the cameras. ‘DC’ immediately chimed in that Askren had pulled away with the face-off and established dominance over Jake Paul. In fact, Askren’s assertiveness in this scenario was enough to convince Cormier that he would win the boxing bout.

Ben Askren vs Jake Paul: The world will tune in

Fans are excited to see how Jake Paul vs Ben Askren will play out, and the turn-out is expected to be quite high. Moreover, the narrative of a pro-MMA fighter taking on a 2-0 newly minted YouTuber turned boxer is far too compelling. There’s plenty of intrigue around the match-up, and several celebrities are expected to turn out as well.

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However, despite Askren’s decorated MMA background, there’s still some skepticism about his chances to win the fight. ‘Funky’ Ben is a wrestler through and through and he’s not particularly known for his hands. On the other hand, Jake Paul has captivated the world’s attention with his statement KO of Nate Robinson in his last outing.

The MMA community is standing behind Askren to get the job done at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. UFC President Dana White has gone so far as to bet $1 million on ‘Funky’ to seal the deal against ‘The Problem Child’. Time will be the best indicator as to whether Askren’s experience in combat will help him break-through and end Paul’s undefeated run as a professional.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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