Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren was knocked out in the first round of his boxing match against YouTube personality Jake Paul at Triller Fight Club’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event last Saturday. night (April 17, 2021) inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
It was hard to expect otherwise after seeing this.
The show was too long, too silly, and had too many production errors, but it’s hard to get mad at the end result because Askren warned us it would be a “circus” ahead of time. And that was before we found out about the slap fight.
And drunk Oscar De La Hoya in the comment.
“People love fist fights. People love circuses. Hope you guys enjoy tonight, ”Askren wrote on Twitter.
He too he apologized to the “world” for failing to defeat Paul, who now improves to 3-0 as a professional boxer with three knockouts. I suppose we should also mention that Askren will turn 37 in July, is coming off major hip surgery, and is widely regarded as one of the worst forwards in MMA history.
“I said this fight would be easier than the Nate Robinson fight,” Paul said after the game. “At one point I was the loser. That sounds crazy, but I was the underdog. I knew Ben would sit there like a typical MMA fighter and not move his head. I am too powerful. “
Paul was escorted to the ring by a giant robot.
There was a slight controversy after the stoppage, not uncommon with fights ending early in the opening draw, but after taking the mandatory count of eight Askren still looked a bit “funky” on his feet and was spared punishment. additional.
Full Triller Fight Club results below:
Jake Paul def. Ben Askren by TKO – Round 1, 1:59
Regis Prograis def. Ivan Redkach by technical decision (60-54, 60-54, 59-54)
Defeat Steve Cunningham. Frank Mir by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 58-56)
Joe Fournier def. Reykon by TKO (bell didn’t answer) – Round 3, 3:00
Triller returns on June 5 in Miami, with Evander Holyfield versus Kevin McBride.