‘He Doesn’t Have Power’- Gilbert Burns Not Siding with Ben Askren Against Jake Paul

Published 01/31/2021, 8:07 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 29: Gilbert Burns of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on May 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Gilbert Burns spoke out on his YouTube channel and did a deep dive into a boxing match primed for April. Jake Paul will look to improve his 2-0 boxing record against former UFC welterweight fighter Ben Askren. The fight announcement, which had come as somewhat of a surprise, led to a large chunk of the fanbase engaged in debate.

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‘Durinho’ Burns jumped in on the conversation when giving his overview of the fight. Chiefly, the interest is being stirred up considering that ‘Funky’ Ben isn’t particularly known for his stand-up skills. His success in the realm of MMA came through his Olympic-caliber wrestling career and dominion over grappling.

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Gilbert Burns makes his pick for Paul vs Askren

The Brazilian star, who frequently uploads to his YouTube channel, provided a comprehensive breakdown in Jake Paul’s viability to win. Despite the fact that Jake Paul is primarily an entertainer, he’s spent the last few years training stand-up. Burns believes that his youth and explosiveness will truly be the measuring yard to eke a win over Askren.

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)

“The guy [Ben Askren] never fight on his life and he’s going to fight a YouTuber that might beat him. Jake Paul, that guy hits hard. I’ve seen him move to Miami, he trains with Masvidal…

“Jake Paul is here now and I think he’s gonna get a lot of good training here. I think he’s got a good chance. There’s a lot of good boxing trainers, lot of good boxing coaches, a lot of Cubans, lot of high-level strikers here. I think it’s gonna be a tough one for Ben Askren, I don’t know.

“The guy [Jake Paul] is young, quick, strong, explosive, been training and putting in a lot of work. I just think it’s gonna be very hard for Ben Askren to do anything with this guy.  First, he don’t have power…I don’t know, I think Jake Paul gonna beat Ben Askren and it’s gonna look bad for Ben in the MMA community.”

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The odds stacked against Ben Askren

Gilbert Burns isn’t the only MMA fighter who has picked Paul over Askren, and he likely won’t be the last. Ben Askren’s UFC run didn’t do much to help the claims that he’s an elite striker, and Paul has shown a lot of overall improvement. Moreover, Askren recently underwent hip surgery and hasn’t been actively competing since 2019.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches 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)

There are sure to be plenty of eyeballs geared onto the aforementioned bout by virtue of the names on the bill. Fans will pay top dollar to see whether a YouTuber with two fights has what it takes to send a multiple-time MMA champion packing.

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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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