‘I can knock Ben out faster than Masvidal did’: YouTuber Jake Paul hopes to channel UFC’s ‘BMF’ in boxing match with Askren
Masvidal scored the most sensational knockout in UFC history when his flying knee felled Askren just five seconds into their fight at UFC 239 in the summer of 2019 in what was former Olympic wrestler Askren's first-ever defeat in mixed martial arts competition - and novice boxer Paul wants to know the secret to Masvidal's success.Also on rt.com ‘Jake can actually win this’: MMA world reacts as Ben Askren signs up for boxing bout with YouTuber Jake Paul
Speaking to ESPN's Ariel Helwani Tuesday shortly after confirmation of the April 17 boxing event which will headline Triller's latest fight card, Paul indicated that he had sought out Masvidal to pick his brain about their common enemy Askren.
"We're here in Miami training," Paul said. "I wanted to channel Masvidal’s energy since he’s in Florida. I’m linking up with Masvidal tomorrow.
"He’s gonna help me train for this fight and hopefully I can knock Ben out faster than Masvidal did. I know it seems like a lofty goal but if I can get under 4.9 seconds then I can break his record."
Askren, meanwhile, has said that he will be training his boxing with former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.
Paul also told Helwani that he selected Askren for the fight from a list containing several other names. Bellator jiu jitsu ace Dillon Danis, Paul says, was top of his list but the American fighter detailed that a recent knee injury made any fight before the summer impossible.
Conor McGregor, subject of a $50 million offer to fight Paul, didn't return the YouTuber's interest - while Paul has also eyed a boxing match with former McGregor rival Nate Diaz.Also on rt.com YouTuber Jake Paul KNOCKS OUT former NBA star Nate Robinson, targets Conor McGregor fight
In the fullness of time, Paul says that each of these fights will happen but for now it is Askren who is firmly in his crosshairs.
As dominant a wrestler as there is in mixed martial arts, Askren has frequently been ridiculed for what some fans see as his underdeveloped striking skills - but with the Masvidal knee being the only KO loss on his record, Paul will know that he may have to throw everything up to and including the kitchen sink at the former UFC title contender in order to get him out of there.