Superstar Jake Paul did exactly what he said he was going to do against ex-UFC star Ben Askren on Saturday in the main event of the latest Triller Fight Club pay-per-view event. Paul dropped Askren in the first round with a picture-perfect one-two combination, and the fight was stopped. Askren did make it to his feet to beat the count, but the referee jake ultimately judged him unable to continue at 1:59.
You can watch the stunning knockout below.
— MMA mania (@mmamania) April 18, 2021
Here’s a closer look at the knockout.
Here’s a closer look at Paul’s finish of Askren pic.twitter.com/tlLgHEWKdc
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) April 18, 2021
Here’s a picture of the ending.
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) April 18, 2021
Here’s a video of Paul’s post-KO celebration.
— FITE (@FiteTV) April 18, 2021
Paul, 24, improved to 3-0 with 3 KOs in the sport. Askren, 36, remains 19-2 as an MMA fighter, but he fell to 0-1 as a professional boxer.
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Jake Paul, Logan Paul and Askren React
Both fighters were active on social media during the promotional buildup for the fight, and both stars released comments about the fight after it was over via Twitter.
Paul posted, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 18, 2021
Askren posted, “Sorry world :(“.
Sorry world :(
— Funky (@Benaskren) April 18, 2021
Paul’s older brother Logan Paul also reacted to the fight.
Logan Paul was constantly brought into the promotion through Askren referencing Jake Paul as “Logan Paul’s little brother”.
Logan Paul used this little brother’s stunning win over the ex-UFC star to remind retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. that Logan Paul and “Money May” were also supposed to fight a boxing exhibition bout against each other this year.
Logan Paul posted, “.@floydmayweather you see this”.
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) April 18, 2021
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More Reactions From UFC, Boxing and Celebs
Retired UFC “champ champ” Daniel Cormier was watching the fight. “DC” posted a video of his reaction to the stunning knockout. Like most of the rest of the MMA community, Cormier was rooting for Askren. In the video, Cormier laughs and says, “Ah, man, this kid punched the s*** out of Ben, man. Come on, Ben. Come on…”.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 18, 2021
Snoop Dogg’s reaction was in person at the event. The famed rapper told the YouTuber he was a “bad motherf****” as soon as Paul made his way over to him after his KO victory.
SNOOP DOGG TO JAKE PAUL: “YOU A BAD MOTHAF***A” 🗣 pic.twitter.com/YHrSSnvBoo
— Overtime (@overtime) April 18, 2021
Comedian HaHa Davis posted, “They really letting Jake Paul put people in their final resting place in two rounds”.
They really letting Jake Paul put people in their final resting place in two rounds. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/paHPmQbHbG
— HaHa Davis (@HaHaDavis) April 18, 2021
Musician Juice Wayne posted, “Please put Jake Paul in the ring with an actual boxer. Ben Askren was squaring up like he learned how to fight yesterday. I’m in awe bro. Take Ben out of every UfC game, revoke all wins, he’s done. Sleep. Donezo”.
Please put Jake Paul in the ring with an actual boxer. Ben Askren was squaring up like he learned how to fight yesterday. I’m in awe bro. Take Ben out of every UfC game, revoke all wins, he’s done. Sleep. Donezo.
— juice wayne (@visecs) April 18, 2021
Wayne also likened Paul to ex-NBA star Nate Robinson who Paul knocked out in his previous fight.
Nate Robinson and Ben Askren boutta see eachother in public like pic.twitter.com/9bmqmaSxok
— juice wayne (@visecs) April 18, 2021
Renee Paquette expressed sympathy for Askren with a callback to Michael Buffer’s mispronunciation of the fighter’s name.
Poor Ben Askew
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) April 18, 2021
MMA fighter Juan Adams shared his thoughts about how he was pulling for Askren but sometimes fighters get caught.
Really went with askren after his extremely logical breakdown of himself “being very good at athletics” say what you want, I’m not making fun of him nor what he has accomplished. In fights things happen and sometimes the people you want to win most get caught.
— Juan Adams mma (@chosenjuan285) April 18, 2021
And Troydan makes a statement about a previous fight for Askren that was particularly tough, yet Askren survived.
Jake Paul hits harder than Robbie Lawler
— Troydan (@Troydan) April 18, 2021
This user expressed how the MMA community might have looked while watching the fight.
The MMA community watching Askren get one punched by Jake Paul pic.twitter.com/TRoVFRlI85
— The Strangle Squad (@_StrangleSquad) April 18, 2021
Boxing writer Josh Katzowitz reflected likely what some thought about the entire card and main event.
I did not enjoy most of this Triller card. But the ending was pretty damn exciting.
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) April 18, 2021
And Chael Sonnen shared his opinion before the main event began and ultimately we’re not sure if he stuck around for it or found a DVD boxed set featuring Lucille Ball.
. @triller -Well
So far I'm wishing I'd spent the night watching I LOVE LUCY episodes or hitting my hand w/a hammer
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 18, 2021
And finally, one user pointed out the massive missed opportunity by Paul during his ring walk.
Jake Paul had the opportunity to do this but chose not to. pic.twitter.com/vKyCaRZbfL
— Matt Dood🐝 (@Smurfology_) April 18, 2021
Regardless, Paul keeps on winning fights in his chosen sport, and he’s probably the most popular professional boxer in the world right now not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
The knock on Paul before his bout against Askren was that he had never beaten a real fighter before. His previous two wins were against a YouTuber and a former professional basketball player.
But Askren was a legit fighter, and Paul knocked him out cold. Now, the boxing world waits to see who the brash star calls out next.
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