Jake Paul lashes out at former UFC champion Daniel Cormier who claims Ben Askren will smash him after awkward press conference confrontation
Jake Paul has dismissed claims from Daniel Cormier that Ben Askren would ‘smash’ him during their boxing bout next month.
The YouTube star has since turned his attention to boxing and amassed a 2-0 record by fighting a fellow social media star and then a former NBA star.
However, he now faces the biggest step up in competition to date when he faces former UFC fighter Askren on April 17 in an eight-round boxing bout.
Although Askren is not renowned for his striking ability, he has shared the Octagon with the likes of Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal and is a former welterweight champion in ONE Championship and Bellator.
The pair finally went face-to-face during a pre-fight press conference hosted by Triller and it resulted in an awkward physical confrontation during the face-off.
Paul had tried to goad the former MMA fighter, but failed and ended up getting a palm to the face.
Following the awkward clash, former UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier took to Twitter to throw his support behind his former USA Olympic wrestling teammate.
He wrote: “I just saw Jake Paul reaction to Ben Askren palming his face and I am now convinced that Ben wins.
“He looked like he wanted to throw a punch and then settled on slapping his a**? Ben smashes this dude.
“I’m all the way in!”
The YouTuber clearly nibbled on the goad, responding with a picture of Cormier in tears after his loss to Jon Jones in 2017 and saying, ‘Everyone needs #Safemoon or this will be you!’
Cormier is not the only fighter involved with the UFC to criticise Paul for his involvement in the sport, with Nate Diaz calling the Ohio-native a ‘spoiled f***’ and telling ESPN’s Ariel Helwani even Conor McGregor refused to acknowledge his constant jibes.
“You are challenging us to a boxing match with real fighting words,” he said. “No one is going to speak; even Conor doesn’t want to give him any clout.”