‘Kick His A**’- Dana White on Ben Askren vs Jake Paul

Published 03/29/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 20: UFC President Dana White interacts with the media during the UFC 197 on-sale press conference event inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ben Askren, the former UFC fighter, is about to fight Jake Paul, a YouTube star in a boxing match. Jake Paul has two fights to his name and has won both by knockout, but Paul has never fought a real boxer or a professional fighter. Now the two will meet each other on April 17 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. Marc Raimondi from ESPN interviewed Ben Askren after their press conference and asked how he felt as Dana White is backing him up for the fight.


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‘Funky’ said, “Yes very interesting I did not see it coming I was very you know I kind of got permission for Hunter Campbell, and then when Dana called me like oh like he didn’t tell me don’t do it or you can’t do it and he was like kick his ass I’m like oh great this is awesome.”


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Dana White and Ben Askren have always had some friction between them. Nonetheless, White is rooting for Askren and is very confident about his win. White thinks Jake Paul does not know how tough real fighters truly are since he has never fought one.

Ben Askren is training with Freddy Roach

It shocked many people when Dana went all in for ‘Funky’. Even Askren didn’t expect this and said, “that was probably the last person that I would guess would have done that, but I guess I’ll give it a thumbs up.”

Dana White directly spoke to Ben Askren about his training and the fight and even informed Askren that he is betting the money on the former UFC fighter. Askren also revealed that Dana had given him Freddy Roach’s number.

I was able to contact him and go over there that was really cool,” said an appreciative Askren.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren stands in his corner 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)

Freddy Roach is a well-known name in the boxing community, who is now helping Askren with his upcoming bout. He has trained top talents like Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, and many more.

The UFC Boss Dana White backs Ben Askren

In an interview with Mike Tyson, Dan White said, “Let’s be honest, Jake Paul isn’t a fuc***g boxer. This guy is a fucking YouTube kid.”

However, according to Zab Judah, who was present with White in the interview, Paul is working hard.

“I have watched him, I have seen him putting together. He got hands, he got hands.”

This is when the UFC president backed his ex-fighter and placed the bet saying, “I’ll bet a million dollars that he loses this fuc***ng fight.”


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White is helping ‘Funky’ in getting ready for his fight and wants him to kick some butt in the arena. Maybe time has been kind on the strain that was ever-present between the two.


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Do you think ‘Funky’ will double the money for Dana White? Or will he face another humiliation in defeat?


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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.