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Ben Askren feels no pressure 'at all' to represent MMA vs. Jake Paul

22 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

ATLANTA - Ben Askren says his boxing match with Jake Paul isn't for anybody but himself.
In the lead-up to the Triller Fight Club headliner on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Askren has been placed with the largely unwanted responsibility of representing the sport of MMA. The former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder is making his professional boxing debut, and he's getting a lot of support against the polarizing YouTuber, actor and rapper.
Although he sees it all, Askren said he's not letting the expectations turn into pressure. His motivation for the fight is purely...
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Jake Paul: Ben Askren will forfeit purse if he uses MMA tactics in boxing match

Jake Paul: Ben Askren will forfeit purse if he uses MMA tactics in boxing match

22 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

ATLANTA - Jake Paul says Ben Askren won't be able get away with any trickery in their boxing match.
Not long after Saturday's Triller Fight Club headliner was announced earlier this year, Askren told MMA Junkie there were no clauses in his contract that would prevent him from using MMA tactics, such as a takedown or slam. In the days leading up to the contest, however, that's apparently changed.
Paul said the contracts have been finalized for the eight-round bout at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and there's specific language that will severely penalize Askren.
“I don't think the fight will last...
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Video: Jake Paul gets stretched out, Ben Askren hits pads at Triller Fight Club workouts

Video: Jake Paul gets stretched out, Ben Askren hits pads at Triller Fight Club workouts

22 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

ATLANTA - Jake Paul and Ben Askren had quite different open workouts ahead of Saturday's Triller Fight Club headliner.
Paul and Askren meet in an eight-round boxing match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and with fight week well underway, they made their first appearances in front of cameras Wednesday.
Askren went first, showing some of the boxing skills he's picked up over the past several months in preparation for the bout as he hit pads with coach Mike Rhodes.
Shortly after, Paul conducted his workout - if you can call it that. It was mostly a stretching session, as Paul and one of his...
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