Here’s How Much Ben Askren, Jake Paul, and Others Will Be Earning on the Triller Fight Card

Published 04/17/2021, 11:52 AM EDT


Former Bellator MMA and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren is set to make his boxing debut against YouTuber Jake Paul. Askren has already confirmed that despite competing at the highest levels of mixed martial arts and even Olympics, the fight against Paul will be his highest payday to date.

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It’s not surprising considering the controversial YouTube star’s ability to draw attention and eyeballs towards anything he is involved in. Also, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will make his boxing debut against Steve Cunningham on the same card. Former WBA light-welterweight champion, Regis Prograis, fights Ivan Redkach on the same card.

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Here we take a look at how much each fighter will earn as a payday from the event. ‘The Problem Child’ is set to earn a massive $690k. His opponent ‘Funky’ will take home $500k. Mir on the other hand makes $350k. His opponent Cunningham will be the lowest earner of the card, with $150k.

Surprisingly, the highest earner of the card will be Regis Prograis with $850k. His opponent Redkach will make a respectable $250k. Askren and Paul will headline the Triller fight card in an 8-round contest.

The MMA community and the boxing world will keep a close eye on how things unfold in tonight’s fight card, as two former UFC stars will feature in the boxing card. Also, if ‘The Problem Child’ can hang in there in a fight against a combat athlete of any sort, remains to be seen.

What does a win against Jake Paul mean for Ben Askren?

Askren achieved the highest of highs during his career as a mixed martial artist. The retired fighter will have an extra chip on his shoulder to perform as most followers want him to shout Paul up. A win for ‘The Problem Child‘ will further add to his brass persona, which includes trash-talking real fighters.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: Ben Askren celebrates his submission victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Despite not being a specialist striker or a boxer, Askren will look to use his experience of combat and exhaust Paul out and eventually earn a finish in the later rounds or a win by decision. A win will re-affirm to the world that there are levels to the fight game and a wannabe fighter can’t hang in there with a veteran like ‘Funky‘.

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Who gets the job done in the main event? Let us know your pick.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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