Robert Whittaker Reveals He Would Take on Jake Paul for Less Than Half a Million Dollars

Published 04/18/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC champion Robert Whittaker spoke out after his dominant unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24. ‘The Reaper’ displayed slick striking and clutch offensive wrestling to earn a 50-45 across the judges’ scorecards. Although Gastelum put forth a comprehensive effort, he wasn’t able to figure out the puzzle Whittaker posed on the feet.

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Chiefly, Robert Whittaker sat down with the media and went over his victory that will probably bring him to the next title shot. What’s more, he was also asked to comment on Jake Paul’s KO victory over Ben Askren in a boxing match. Both the boxing and the UFC main event coincidently ran concurrently with each other.

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Robert Whittaker goes in on Jake Paul’s move to 3-0 as a boxer

Bobby Knuckles’ had a rather concise viewpoint of Paul’s victory and complimented of his efforts. Furthermore, he was asked to chime in on whether he would take on Paul for the same base salary as Ben Askren. Whittaker’s response stayed true to what fans have come to expect from the former oceanic champion.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 04: UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker of New Zealand interacts with media during UFC 243 Ultimate Media Day at Marvel Stadium on October 4, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Guess nobody saw that coming, but Askren is not known for his boxing, is he? You know, good on him, good on him. He’s doing his thing, yeah, he’s doing his thing. Good on him. I’d fight him for less [than half a million dollars].”

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The base pay-out for fighters on the Triller Fight Club’s recent card was impressive, to say the least. Apart from Askren’s staggering $500,000, Jake Paul walked away with $690,000 before pay-per-view points. The projected pay after the pay-per-view numbers come in could very push the salary of the main-eventers above $2 million.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul and Ben Askren face off in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

Robert Whittaker much like most other UFC fighters would champ at the bit in order to box Jake Paul for that kind of money. While ‘The Problem Child’ is definitely a competent boxer, however, he won’t be favored over elite fighters like Whittaker. Much of the appeal in his scrap against Ben Askren came in due to the fact that Askren wasn’t a credentialed striker.

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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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