‘Work On Your Cardio’- Ben Askren Trolls Professional Disc Golf Player Brodie Smith in Recent Post

Published 03/20/2021, 7:35 AM EDT


Former UFC welterweight, Ben Askren, came out on Twitter and trolled professional disc golf player and YouTube personality, Brodie Smith. Chiefly, Smith came out and shared his training regime online and ‘Funky’ Ben had some advice to share. Askren was keen that Brodie Smith focused more on his cardio, and he reminded fans that he’s a perennial troll.

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Despite his departure from MMA, Ben Askren has kept himself busy, and playing disc golf is one of his passions. Being the natural winner that he is, the former Olympic wrestler has taken to disc golf well. In fact, he has begun picking up accolades in the sport and perhaps feels he’s well-suited to give Brodie Smith advice.

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Ben Askren: An Overview

The former top-10 UFC welterweight announced his retirement from the sport after suffering a loss to Demian Maia. ‘Funky’ was choked unconscious and walked away for the second time after his initial retirement in 2017. Additionally, his retirement would come in as the perfect opportunity for him to fix up his injury-riddled hip.

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)

However, 2021 brought the news of a return to combat for Ben Askren, but, not in the realm of MMA. News broke that ‘Funky’ would be facing nascent pro-boxer and YouTuber, Jake Paul, under the Triller banner. The bout will be an 8-round affair that will go down on April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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Jake Paul is 2-0 as a pro and is coming off a scintillating KO over NBA star, Nate Robinson, in his last fight. ‘Problem Child’  fought on the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. card and he came out looking like a big star. There’s a lot of money involved in the event and this has openly been one of the key reasons Askren has taken the bout.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The MMA community is riding behind Ben Askren, who is expected to (as a pro fighter) make quick work of Paul. In fact, UFC President Dana White has bet $1 million that Jake Paul won’t emerge as the victor. The stakes are certainly high and the star-studded spectacle will be one for the ages.

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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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