YouTube star Jake Paul wins his third pro fight, knocking out Ben Askren

“It’s been four months. I went to training camp every day, ”Paul said (via ESPN). “I deserve this —. This is the craziest moment of my life. I told you all that I would do it on the first round. I told you I was a real fighter. I don’t know how many times I have to prove to myself that this is real. “

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The 24-year-old landed nine of 26 hits on three of 14 from Askren. Prior to Saturday’s win, Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson in the first round on the map of Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr.’s main event in November. On his pro debut in January 2020 against his colleague YouTuber AnEsonGib, he won a first-round TKO.

Askren, 36, a former UFC fighter who trained for three months after coming out of retirement to face Paul, apologized on social media and said he was embarrassed about his performance. Although he got to his feet before the 10 was completed, the referee stopped the fight. He was later asked if he would be ridiculed for his performance.

“It’s probably deserved,” said Askren (via MMA Junkie), “because I was knocked out by Jake Paul.” It’s embarrassing. I did not disappoint the MMA community. I left the world in the lurch. People who hate Jake Paul and they wanted to see me make him miserable and I didn’t. So I didn’t disappoint the MMA community. I left the world in the lurch. “

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It was a surprising result given UFC President Dana White’s remark that he was wagering $ 1 million that Paul would lose. As an actor and rapper, Paul starred in Vine, the video app, and played Dirk Mann for two seasons in Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. After Knocking out each of his fights, Paul didn’t say who to face next, but Askren had a suggestion.

“I would love Tyron [Woodley, a former UFC champion] to cheer him up, ”said Askren. “Tyron wants to fight Oscar De La Hoya, but I would love it if Tyron fights Jake Paul. I mean, he’s a much better boxer than me. That would be my type. “