Ben Askren ‘Doesn’t Really Care’ About MMA Fighters Like Jorge Masvidal Supporting Jake Paul

Published 03/22/2021, 8:11 AM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil 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 UFC welterweight Ben Askren spoke to ‘Fight Hub TV’ ahead of his boxing match against Jake Paul. ‘Funky’ Ben will lace on his gloves for his debut against the YouTube star turned 2-0 pro boxer Jake Paul in Atlanta. The bout will take place under the Triller banner which will feature the former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir making his debut.

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The entire MMA community is incredibly invested in the fight, as the stakes are quite high. If Paul is able to put out Ben Askren, a former MMA champion and experienced fighter, it will certainly reflect unfavorably on the sport. In fact, UFC President Dana White has even put up a $1 million that Ben Askren will get the victory.

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Ben Askren reflects on Jorge Masvidal training and supporting Jake Paul

The former Olympian was asked to share his candid views on whether he was bothered by his former rival Jorge Masvidal training Paul. Askren didn’t seem phased by this in the slightest and played it off as insignificant. Moreover, he went on to describe his relationship with the MMA community as a whole.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren stands in his corner prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil 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)

“Yeah, I don’t really care. I don’t really see that community thing like I didn’t like a lot of people in the MMA community. I mean there’s a lot that I did like but there’s also a bunch that I didn’t like and so it’s whatever.”

“There’s some good people, there’s some bad people, there’s people you don’t care about.”

Askren vs Paul: The true proving ground

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Funky’ Ben will be keen to secure the victory against ‘The Problem Child’ and prove his detractors wrong. Throughout his famed career, he’s been counted out for not ‘fitting the description’ of an MMA fighter. However, his accomplishments in combat speak for themselves and he’s supremely confident in his skills.

Jake Paul’s hype is tracking on some other level entirely ever since he starched Nate Robinson in his last bout. However, he’s taking on a real fighter for the first time and Askren has a lot of experience competing at a high level. There’s no question that the bout will do good numbers and pull in many eyeballs for the intrigue factor.

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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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