The former Bellator champion retweeted a post commemorating his 2012 victory over Douglas Lima. This was Askren's second welterweight title defense in Bellator MMA. After a 5-round war with Lima (current Bellator welterweight champ), Askren was awarded a unanimous decision victory.
Leading up to his first boxing match, the former NCAA Division-1 wrestler is unintimidated by Jake Paul's striking skillset:
Over the course of his MMA career, Ben Askren fought several world-class strikers. The retired MMA fighter was notorious for wearing his opponents down with his 'Funky' grappling, going into deep waters.
Ben Askren has predicted a seventh-round TKO win against Jake Paul. In an interview with ESPN, Ben Askren envisioned out-striking Jake Paul until the latter caves in to the pressure on April 17th:
“Yeah, because I don’t have a huge amount of power. So, it’d take me some time to wear him down and make him hate his life. And then, you know, eventually, he’ll just say look, ‘I’m a rich celebrity. I don’t need to get f**king punched anymore. I’m just gonna roll over’.” (*H/T Sportskeeda for the transcription)
Ben Askren jabs at Jorge Masvidal losing fans due to Jake Paul
During a pre-fight press conference for Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul, UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal Facetimed the YouTuber. 'Gamebred' mocked Askren reminding him of the iconic five-second knockout (UFC 239):
"That dude's still alive? Tell him I like his flip-flops man", said Jorge Masvidal.
Earlier this year, Masvidal was also seen training Jake Paul to beat his fastest KO record against Ben Askren on April 17th:
Jorge Masvidal's affiliation with Jake Paul hasn't gone well with MMA fans. The BMF champ is being criticized for siding with the YouTuber and ditching the MMA community.
Ben Askren recently retweeted a post mocking the decline of Jorge Masvidal's fan count following the latter's association with Jake Paul: