Ben Askren says Jake Paul has gone MIA after he verbally agreed to a boxing match.
Paul is a YouTube celebrity who has dabbled in the world of boxing. He has a pro record of 2-0 with two knockout victories. His victims include fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson.
Paul recently released a video poking fun at MMA fighters he has a beef with. That includes Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis, Michael Bisping, and Askren. “Funky” verbally agreed to a bout with Paul and while Chael Sonnen stirred the pot in teasing the matchup will happen in March under Triller, Askren says Paul has hightailed it.
Askren took to his Twitter account to rant on Paul (via BJPenn.com).
— Funky (@Benaskren) December 27, 2020
“So let me give you a little recap of the situation. I’m retired, coaching wrestling, doing some podcasts, buying some Bitcoin, enjoying life. I don’t really wanna fight anybody. So in November, this jabroni Jake Paul calls me out, puts up a poster with my name, haha ha its’ kinda funny. Whatever, right? No big deal.
“Well then, a couple weeks later, I get a couple texts and a week after that I get some calls and I get an offer. Okay, this guy really wants to fight. Am I opposed to making some easy money? Beating up a YouTuber? Of course I’m not. So what do I do? ‘Sure, Jacob, I’ll fight you’. No problem. I accept publicly, on Twitter, nonetheless. Since then Jacob has gone silent. Jacob is kind of a coward. Sorry guys, I don’t think the fight is happening.”
Askren no longer competes as a professional in MMA. He retired after suffering a technical submission loss to Demian Maia back in October 2019. “Funky” recently underwent a Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure and hasn’t ruled out a return, although he says it’s unlikely.