YouTube star Jake Paul to face former UFC fighter Ben Askren

YouTube star Jake Paul fails in his attempt to lure Conor McGregor back to the boxing ring as he agrees deal to face former UFC fighter Ben Askren in eight-round professional fight in April

  • Jake Paul has constantly pursued a $50m boxing match with Conor McGregor
  • But the YouTube star has failed to secure a fight with the Irish UFC legend 
  • The fight against Ben Askren will take place under the Triller Fight Club banner 
  • Askren retired from MMA last year because he needed hip replacement surgery

Jake Paul has decided his next boxing fight and will face former UFC fighter Ben Askren in April after failing to secure a deal to fight Conor McGregor.

Paul has constantly pursued a $50million boxing match with Irish UFC legend McGregor, having most recently flown a banner over South Beach in Miami labelling the fighter as ‘scared’ of him.

It was the latest occasion on which Paul had called out McGregor, with the majority having gone viral on social media. 

Jake Paul has decided his next fight and will face former UFC fighter Ben Askren in April

Askren retired from MMA last year because he needed hip replacement surgery

But the YouTube star has had to look elsewhere and will instead take on Askren, 36, in an eight-round professional fight on April 17.

The fight will take place under the Triller Fight Club banner and will be the main event, with the location and full card to be revealed in the forthcoming weeks.

The bout will mark the second boxing event that social-networking app Tiller has held, with the first taking place when Paul secured a second-round knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson in November on the undercard for Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr.

‘I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter,’ Askren is quoted as saying by ESPN. 

Paul has constantly called out Conor McGregor but has failed to lure him into the ring

‘I think on April 17 he is going to have a rude awakening to what being a fighter is really like. Jake has led a privileged life and doesn’t really know what the meaning of being a fighter is. I’m going to put his dreams to an end.’ 

In response, Paul said: ‘Ben Askren is a two-time NCAA champion, a world champion in two different global mixed martial arts organizations and has less losses on his record than Conor McGregor.

‘Me, on the other hand, I started boxing two years ago and I’m still going to knock his a** out faster than [Jorge] Masvidal. 

‘These MMA guys think because they throw punches they know how to box. The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’ 

‘After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say? Thank you to Triller Fight Club for giving me the platform to once again put a man to sleep. April 17, it’s lights out for Askren.’

Askren had an unbeaten record in UFC until he was defeated by Jorge Masvidal in July 2019

Askren – who now faces the first professional boxing bout after a distinguished UFC career – retired from MMA last year after announcing he needed surgery for a hip replacement, which was successfully completed in August.

His UFC career began with a flourish as he recorded a perfect 19-0 return until July 2019 when he was knocked out in five seconds by Masvidal. His last fight saw him defeated by Demian Maia in October of that year.

The news comes just a couple of days after McGregor’s second-round knockout defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 at the weekend.

Paul taunted The Notorious afterwards and said: ‘Conor, ay, ay, Conor – I got $10,000 for you cash, cash baby. You had $50million!’ 

Paul taunted McGregor in the aftermath of his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257




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