UFC Commentator Jon Anik Hopes Jake Paul Fights ‘ an Active UFC Fighter With Some Hands’

Published 04/19/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)


Although the fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren is done, the talk surrounding it is nowhere close to ending. That fight ended with Paul knocking out Askren in the first round of the match, and since then people have been sharing their views on the same.

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Many fans and critics have called out ‘The Problem Child’ for competing against a fighter who was far from a boxer and have challenged him to fight a real MMA fighter. Joining this list was UFC commentator Jon Anik, who took to his Twitter to write about what he felt of the match and Paul’s victory.

He wrote, “Would like to see this Jake Paul cat fight an active UFC fighter with some hands. I can think of hundreds. Paul was sitting there at (-110) by T/KO against a grappler coming off a recent hip-replacement surgery. Love me some Ben Askren, but not at all his world.”

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Anik had posted this after Boxing trainer, ESPN commentator, and podcast host Teddy Atlas had credited Paul for knowing his boxing basics well. Anik shared the views of many people who believed that Paul had chosen Askren because of his lack of striking abilities.

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What happened in the fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren?

Everyone touted the fight between Paul and Askren to be an interesting one. Paul was a YouTuber turned boxer with actual striking power; ‘Funky’ was a combat sports veteran with years of experience in wrestling and MMA.

This was going to be ‘The Problem Child’s advantage, and that came to the forefront during the fight as Askren constantly took punches from Paul. He could neither move quickly nor defend himself.

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The bout did not move beyond the first round as Askren went down early. Even though he beat the ten count, the referee deemed him unfit to continue.

Jake Paul may have won the fight, but he did not impress many MMA fans and critics, who believe he should take on someone who can actually box. It remains to be seen if Paul does so in his next fight, but the speculations will be interesting. What did you make of Jon Anik’s views on the Triller main event?

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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