Ben Askren ready himself for the ridicule that got here his means for dropping within the first spherical to Jake Paul.
Askren mentioned the loss left him embarrassed and tweeted he was sorry for not profitable.
“I bought knocked out by Jake Paul – it’s f***ing embarrassing,” he mentioned when requested if he felt the ridicule he would obtain was deserved.
Askren mentioned he wouldn’t compete once more following the loss and as a substitute would take the cash he earned and coach wrestling.
For going through Paul – 2-Zero in boxing earlier than this combat – he’s mentioned to have earned $500,000, although it’s not but identified what share of the pay-per-view earnings every fighter will obtain, nor what different bonuses they’re due.
And that good payday may very well be a motive for the grins he shared along with his spouse as he walked from the ring to his dressing room.
It was picked up by former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who was surprised by the loss after which posted a clip of the completely satisfied couple on Twitter.
“Wait a minute, did Askren get us all?
“Like that is some magician stuff he wasn’t laughing on his technique to the again was he? Come on, Ben lol.”
Askren has fought harder opponents in Robbie Lawler – he took a battering in opposition to him earlier than profitable – Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal amongst others, but Cormier was at a loss to clarify this.
“That was about as dangerous because it will get,” he mentioned in a YouTube video uploaded by his son.
“It couldn’t have been worse.”
Acknowledging there was a full UFC card on on the similar time that includes Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, Cormier mentioned the ‘prepare wreck’ as he referred to as the Triller combat card, couldn’t be prevented.
“Now this dude Jake Paul will get to fake to be a fighter for somewhat bit longer,” he added.
“Finally, he’s going to need to combat any individual who can truly combat after which when he does we’re going to see what this child is about, I suppose.
“It’s insane that he did that to Ben Askren as a result of Ben Askren has an excellent chin.”