Firas Zahabi has warned Jake Paul to anticipate Ben Askren to ‘maul’, ‘ragdoll’ and possibly even get disqualified after they lastly meet on April 17.
The previous UFC, Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight retired from MMA in 2020 after two consecutive defeats and appeared to be accomplished with preventing.
But the YouTube star has made waves on this planet of boxing after two skilled bouts and stunned everybody by tempting Askren out of retirement for a bout.
Regardless of calling for the likes of Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis and even UFC legend Michael Bisping, it was former Olympic wrestler Askren who bought the struggle.
Such is his pedigree on the mats, ‘Funky’ was by no means famend as a striker throughout his MMA profession and his boxing credentials have been referred to as into query.
Leon Edwards and Demetrious Johnson are simply a few of the extra illustrious names who consider Paul goes so as to add to his two knockout wins in his burgeoning profession, but Zahabi disagrees.
The Tri-Star Gymnasium head coach has labored with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Robert Whittaker, Kevin Lee and Johnny Walker lately and believes Askren will use all of his nous and expertise to make the struggle ‘soiled’.
“I feel Ben Askren wins,” Zahabi stated on his YouTube channel. “Right here’s why, I noticed Jake Paul’s final struggle, he’d knocked out some man with a pair overhand rights, surprised him a number of instances, dropped him. However right here’s the place Jake Paul — I don’t suppose he is aware of what he’s moving into.
“Primary, Ben Askren is a wrestler, sure and his forte is just not putting, everyone knows that. He’s not the best striker. However he’s been in there with killers. He’s been in there with like legitimately harmful human beings.
“Robbie Lawler, Douglas Lima — I can go on and on, the checklist is tremendous lengthy. He’s been in there with actual killers, and I do know he didn’t use boxing, however he took pictures from these guys… it was some critical pictures. Ben Askren by no means wavered.
“The pc was nonetheless working, he didn’t panic. He’s a real competitor.
“He’s been coaching in MMA, he’s been studying easy methods to strike. Let’s name it fifteen years, he’s been putting — let’s name it ten years, let’s be very reserved right here.
“It’s not solely boxing offense that’s the problem. I assure you that he takes a shot higher than Jake, I can assure you that, I’m guaranteeing you that proper now.
“So Jake’s going to go in there, and within the first two, three rounds he’s going to be dancing round and he’s going to jab Askren. He’s going to look alright, he’s going to look good.
“Askren’s going to hit him again and it’s going to be a give and take. However right here’s what Jake doesn’t know, Askren has confirmed that he’s bought an unbelievable chin.
“Ben Askren goes to maul him within the clinch, soiled field him. He’s going to get warned by the referee, nevertheless it doesn’t matter,” Zahabi added.
“Barring the exception that Askren’s chin is completed (after that Masvidal KO), Askren goes to maul him. It’s not going to be fairly. It’s going to be a grimy struggle. It’s going to be a seesaw battle a bit bit early on, then impulsively Jake goes to fatigue and Ben Askren will probably be throughout him.
“He’ll throw him on the ground, ragdoll him. Possibly even picks up and slams Jake Paul a few times. It might not shock me. Ben Askren in all probability doesn’t have a clause the place if he will get disqualified, he doesn’t receives a commission. In my view, Ben Askren doesn’t care if he will get disqualified.
“He’s going to drag on his head, step on his ft — shove him so he’s off stability, and it’s going to be a mauling.
“How is he going to choose and poke, stick and transfer and steer clear of Askren? As soon as they lock up, as soon as they lock up, I assure you, Jake’s battery goes to begin to drain.”