Former UFC Champ Chuck Liddell Says Robbie Lawler Couldn’t Knock Ben Askren Out- Predicts Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Fight

Published 04/17/2021, 5:34 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 28: Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell holds the THQ Pride Championship Belt after defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the UFC Undisputed 3 video game on stage before the UFC 137 weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will keep a close eye on how things unfold as former MMA star Ben Askren makes his debut inside the squared ring against YouTuber Jake Paul. Striking is not Askren’s strongest skill set. So many believe ‘The Problem Child’ could take advantage of that and knock ‘Funky’ out, as the latter’s 2019 loss might trick people into underestimating his chin.

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Liddell acknowledged that boxing differs from MMA or kickboxing, but ‘The Iceman’ doesn’t believe it would be easy to knock out ‘Funky’.

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People don’t understand a lot of times boxing striking, kickboxing striking. And then MMA striking is different. Your stance changes, your distance changes, timing changes. So a lot of differences but you know, he’s the guy that’s a decorated wrestler, and mentally tough and, and I think unless I really don’t think he’s gonna I think he thinks he got knocked out in that one fight,” said Liddell.

That he’s gonna be easy to knock out he’s not easy not he got he went out there Robbie Lawler and rather Robbie Lawler has dynamite in his hands and he and he had a hard time with that he brought he hurt him, but he didn’t knock him out. So it’s gonna be it’s gonna be tough to knock him out,” added ‘The Iceman’.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Retired mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell speaks during a panel discussion at the UFC Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liddell was one of the first few prominent superstars of the UFC, and even after his retirement, his legacy has remained intact. Hence, it’s no surprise he is rooting for MMA star Askren.

Is Chuck Liddell right about Ben Askren?

Askren has been knocked out only once in his long professional career. He has fought killer strikers like Robbie Lawler, Luis Santos, Andrey Koreshkov, Douglas Lima, and more in the cage. If he didn’t get knocked out by those fighters with the four-ounce MMA gloves, it’s tough to imagine a YouTuber putting him away with 10-ounce boxing gloves.

Ben Askren celebrates after beating Robbie Lawler in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Askren might not be the most soothing striker, but he knows how to effectively use his awkward style to defend himself. It remains to be seen if ‘Funky’ can put it to full use against ‘The Problem Child‘.

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What did you make of Chuck Liddell’s take on Askren? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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