‘Hope You Enjoy Tonight’- Ben Askren Calls His Fight Versus Jake Paul a Circus

Published 04/17/2021, 12:31 PM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil 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)


Former UFC fighter and ONE Championship and Bellator champion, Ben Askren, is fighting Jake Paul in an event on April 17. Their fight has generated a lot of press, with people like Dana White and Snoop Dogg entering the conversation and giving their two cents on the action.

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The event also features some amazing musical performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Diplo, and Ice Cube. Snoop Dogg also features as a performer. However, it would seem like Ben Askren isn’t buying into the legitimateness of the fight as he uploaded a tweet on Twitter, comparing the match to a theatrical performance.

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)

People love fist fights. People love circuses. Hope you enjoy tonight,” Askren said. MMA fans will surely hope that they will. Beating Jake Paul will be a big deal for Ben Askren, as Paul is universally hated for his actions and words.

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On the other hand, people see Askren as the good guy that he is and respect him for his fighting skills and intelligence. Whereas, the younger Paul brother is doing himself no favors with his antics around the event.

Ben Askren and his stellar career in Mixed Martial Arts

Askren is one of the stalwarts of the MMA scene, as he has held belts in two different organizations. He was an Olympic wrestler representing the USA and utilized his wrestling prowess to win fights. Prior to his two losses at the end of his career, Askren was 19-0 in his first 19 professional fights.

However, his career in the UFC didn’t go too well. He started off relatively smoothly by beating Robbie Lawler via an extremely controversial submission. That win increased his stock in the UFC, and he then called out Jorge Masvidal for a fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jorge Masvidal celebrates his win over Ben Askren in their welterweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

The build-up to the fight included a lot of trash-talking, and the stakes were really high. Unfortunately, the fight went spectacularly for Masvidal. He knocked Askren out in five seconds via a flying knee. It was a new UFC record, and it spelled the end for Askren.

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He fought one more time against Demian Maia but lost that fight via submission, getting beat for the second time in his career. He announced his retirement and pulled the plug on an amazing career. No matter how this fight against Jake Paul goes, he’ll still be a legend of the sport, and fans will hold him in high regard.

Do you think Jake Paul will beat Ben Askren?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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