Ben Askren on his loss to Jake Paul, whether he regrets taking fight | Ariel Helwani's MMA Show 

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Ben Askren joins Ariel Helwani's MMA Show to discuss his TKO loss vs. Jake Paul.
0:00 Ben Askren discusses his loss to Jake Paul.
1:57 Does he regret taking the fight?
3:00 If he's more embarrassed about this than the Jorge Masvidal fight.
5:23 If his opinions about Paul have changed after the fight.
6:50 Did he train for the fight and is he bothered by people insinuating he didn't?
9:40 His reaction to people saying it was rigged.
11:54 How the fight came about after his retirement.
13:19 Whether he thought about using some MMA skills.
15:07 Anything he wishes he did differently?
16:51 How Paul's power compares to other shots Askren has taken.
20:07 What was going through his mind when he got to the arena.
23:01 On the Pete Davidson situation.
26:12 Did he go back and watch the fight?
28:27 On the size of the ring.
30:35 Whether this was bigger than anything he's been a part of.
32:01 Why do people care so much about Paul's boxing?
33:05 On Nate Robinson reaching out to him.
34:19 Whom Paul should fight next.
35:43 Whether he made more with this fight than any night in his MMA career.
37:08 On Paul's "cheerleading squad."
38:50 Where he ranks among the greatest U.S. wrestlers ever.
40:00 Is he worried this will be his legacy?
41:44 How he learned to handle defeat.
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ESPN MMA 28 days ago
0:00​ Ben Askren discusses his loss to Jake Paul. 1:57​ Does he regret taking the fight? 3:00​ If he's more embarrassed about this than the Jorge Masvidal fight. 5:23​ If his opinions about Paul have changed after the fight. 6:50​ Did he train for the fight and is he bothered by people insinuating he didn't? 9:40​ His reaction to people saying it was rigged. 11:54​ How the fight came about after his retirement. 13:19​ Whether he thought about using some MMA skills. 15:07​ Anything he wishes he did differently? 16:51​ How Paul's power compares to other shots Askren has taken. 20:07​ What was going through his mind when he got to the arena. 23:01​ On the Pete Davidson situation. 26:12​ Did he go back and watch the fight? 28:27​ On the size of the ring. 30:35​ Whether this was bigger than anything he's been a part of. 32:01​ Why do people care so much about Paul's boxing? 33:05​ On Nate Robinson reaching out to him. 34:19​ Whom Paul should fight next. 35:43​ Whether he made more with this fight than any night in his MMA career. 37:08​ On Paul's "cheerleading squad." 38:50​ Where he ranks among the greatest U.S. wrestlers ever. 40:00​ Is he worried this will be his legacy? 41:44​ How he learned to handle defeat.
J Sam7mann
J Sam7mann 23 days ago
@Revolve! No idea XD
mks 23 days ago
Thanx for the timestamps
LJ Wright
LJ Wright 24 days ago
I like Ben Askren, are you ready stand-up type of guy.
Dave Clark
Dave Clark Hour ago
I can’t help but think this was scripted .. there’s no way a punch with boxing gloves stuns Askren like that when boxing lawler with 4oz gloves didn’t stop him
Stone Cold
Stone Cold Day ago
This mans ear looks like a testicle
Finguru N
Finguru N 2 days ago
The guy should’ve been more prepared for the fight. Saying that he’s satisfied with his money is simply an excuse for his loss. If he was serious about the fight and actually wanted to make more money, he would have trained hard in order to defeat Jake Paul, which probably is going to bring him more money afterwards.
Taylor Cronin
Taylor Cronin 3 days ago
How much is your self worth...worth?
J Zim
J Zim 4 days ago
This guy is such a joke and LOSER. He came out fat and out of shape and paid severely for it. LOVED IT 🤣
Justin Teligent
Justin Teligent 4 days ago
Askren shouldn’t have done it.
Cheerio Box
Cheerio Box 5 days ago
ben took a dive for that easy money, we all know he didnt want to fight the punk. he basically got free money and let JP embarrass himself lol. Smart ben.
Just. Sa
Just. Sa 5 days ago
Looking back, it's even more embarrassing usually these things get easier... haha
tim morales
tim morales 5 days ago
Helwani is like that aggravating kid that won’t go away that keeps kicking your leg. You just want to smack him in the back of the head.
Alexis Vargas
Alexis Vargas 6 days ago
such a legend
Rafa 7 days ago
jake vs ben mma match
The Weknd
The Weknd 7 days ago
unnecessary loss ben
Nate Stakely
Nate Stakely 8 days ago
Askren wont ever feel the emptiness of losing because he was so darn successful in a sport that turned around (MMA fighters compete in NCAA wrestling gantlet) they could not do it. Its like driving a beater with enough cash in the bank to purchase a Lamborghini. I just smile at the guys in the 75k trucks.
WeezyPuFF 8 days ago
Ben "Donut Slayer" Askren.
Kiernan Wolters
Kiernan Wolters 9 days ago
This man is so dam humble I love it
Isac Joseph
Isac Joseph 9 days ago
From what I read upon this man, he is a freaking legend. 🔥
CryptoSniper101 10 days ago
He took a dive, you dolts
Pika Poo
Pika Poo 10 days ago
He's a fighter..you win and lose...ppl expect or seem to think Ben would just fall apart after a loss..he lost he moves on ..big deal...
Jordan Deshong Music Productions
What’s up with his ear
nob nob
nob nob 11 days ago
Humbledddddddd ahhahaha no one respects you askren!!!! Muppet
RitaSparita *
RitaSparita * 11 days ago
How tf did he lose? How much did they pay him🤔🤔🤔
Jamie Luby
Jamie Luby 11 days ago
Ben askren is a winner with the pay cheque he received 👏
funkohatter 4479
funkohatter 4479 12 days ago
It's was fixed he did it for the pay.... look how happy he looked after the fight, one thing that was positive was that he got his payday, you are a joke to mma world and jake Paul is making the boxing world look like a joke.... Ben should be saying sorry to all the fans in boxing and mma,getting paid to lose is joke....
TheOriginalPain18 13 days ago
23:13 Ariel got nail polish on???
Big City
Big City 13 days ago
didnt ben have to donate his purse to charity
Enterst8 13 days ago
Let’s say hello to the man that looked like a fat hobbit in his last fight against a US-firstr 😂🤣😅
KY_DRUMMER_GUY 13 days ago
1,000,000 $ to anyone who can find another Askren video with the comment section littered half as many times with the word “admirable”
Scott Wilke
Scott Wilke 14 days ago
Train me. I live in wisco. Would love any info from you.
Joseph N
Joseph N 14 days ago
is that his real ear?
RykerBlake 14 days ago
Ben askren keeps making videos about Jake Paul beating him
erock33 14 days ago
Laid back dude. You really can't blame him for laying down for that kind of payday.
J.C 512
J.C 512 14 days ago
The comparison in the Masvidal and Askren post KO interviews is quiet interesting... 🤔
Dylan Dixon
Dylan Dixon 15 days ago
16:00-16:20. If you’ve ever trained in combat sports you’ll understand this.
lcasperwsv 15 days ago
Boxers are smart they don't come to mma because they know the money isn't big enough to get beat up that bad I don't care who the boxer is put him in the ring with the same weight class ufc fighter and he will lose
barry gould
barry gould 15 days ago
Notice Andy Ruiz Jr and Joe Parker were knocked down and got allowed to continue and both won.
barry gould
barry gould 15 days ago
Ban Fake Jake PPV Parasite. We want our real sport back.
Edward Harrison
Edward Harrison 15 days ago
He lost the battle but won the war
Tyler Geary
Tyler Geary 15 days ago
Why tf are his fingernails purple
GuitarDad 15 days ago
Have always been a fan of Ben Askren. This interview proves how solid of a dude he is.
Eleven 15 days ago
i hate you
Arizona Olave
Arizona Olave 15 days ago
He seems so straight up and straight forward. Mad respect
Wildman Samurai
Wildman Samurai 15 days ago
You suck... BOOM!
Duncan Cameron
Duncan Cameron 16 days ago
Ben asscream definitely racking up some of the most embarrassing KO losses ever 🙉
Samuel Lopes
Samuel Lopes 16 days ago
Ariel's nails .. nobody ? :O 11:57
Eli T
Eli T 16 days ago
Your the man Ben plenty of blessings yoir way
abhineet singh
abhineet singh 16 days ago
I really appreciate Ben. He is a good human being...
Kentucky Fried Children
This must have been the weirdest event in boxing history, well... aside from that Muhammad Ali v Antonio Inoki fight
Codga2001 16 days ago
He’s a top guy.
E.D.S Gaming
E.D.S Gaming 16 days ago
Looks to me that this fight was pointless but both men got paid. Ben did in fact get up but its boxing rules, what they say is a knock out its a knock out even if ur not literally knocked out 😅💯
Commodo Dragon
Commodo Dragon 16 days ago
38:31 Says his price for "lil' man-b!tch cheerleader is $10mil, meanwhile, he sells out his career legacy for $500k.
gfg brf
gfg brf 17 days ago
fake fight
Notorious Miks
Notorious Miks 17 days ago
Deam hes ear!
Bong Jovi
Bong Jovi 17 days ago
Jake Paul vs Charlie Z... I wanna see that happen
Alec Fortin
Alec Fortin 17 days ago
Bro got boxer boxer ear
Polo Smith
Polo Smith 17 days ago
At the end of the day Ben I’m still a fan and you got paid a lots of money enjoy it with your family and kids it is what it is
Matt Crammer
Matt Crammer 17 days ago
Ben askren was paid that's all he cares about. He does not care because he has no legacy. Shame. Making mockery of real fighters. Why not go to WWE and live fake.
Matt Crammer
Matt Crammer 16 days ago
@Codga2001 but he decided to play act and get knocked out for cash.
Codga2001 16 days ago
Because he’s not fake, that’s why.
Daveyboy 330
Daveyboy 330 17 days ago
I think personally, That shot was staged by both camps. Paul needed to win this to stay relevant and have a huge payday coming next. Askren was happy to take a dive cuz he's not relevant and 2 minutes for half mil?? And It was a cheek shot, not on the chin yet askren went down like a sack of potatoes, took his time getting up, acted wobbly for the ref to make it look legit and everybody won. Except combat Sports.
Daveyboy 330
Daveyboy 330 17 days ago
Google Askrens net worth and it's $500,000 LOL. I wonder if that was before or after the fight. It was just a ratings novelty and askren treated it that way.
Sapphire City Music Channel
LMAOOOO please someone tell this man to retire and retain his dignity.
Sapphire City Music Channel
@Codga2001 good point
Codga2001 16 days ago
He is retired. Paul called up to offer him half a million to take a fight at a few months notice. He’s not a good striker but a great wrestler.
David Howell
David Howell 17 days ago
Very humble! My man ben.
Albert Gracious
Albert Gracious 17 days ago
Man, Ben Askren is as funny as jake. The part where he talks about Jake's cheerleading squad cracked me up LOL
K moyer
K moyer 16 days ago
Funnier than Jake
lanzo 17 days ago
lol i noticed that Ariel's nails are painted.
Scott Perdomo
Scott Perdomo 17 days ago
Wassup with ariels nails tho🤔
Ryan Rothschild
Ryan Rothschild 17 days ago
Ben is a chill guy, don't critique someone just bcuz they lost even if he was a mma fighter
Levon Darratt
Levon Darratt 18 days ago
Ben has the ultimate soccer player mentality.....they win they loose...they talk about it..back to the next game..even the look and mannerism is that of a European soccer player ...focused on the ball....
Alvaro Rodriguez
Alvaro Rodriguez 18 days ago
Bottom-line is that Askren, even in his young age, has already lived and experienced more than most people do in a lifetime. Sometimes things just don't go your way. It happens to those who try.
David Haroon
David Haroon 18 days ago
The fight seemed very scripted. A professional fighter sticking his chin out like Ben did hmmmmm
Alex Dunhill
Alex Dunhill 18 days ago
cant hate on askren. very honest and open. also would destroy jake in an actual fight.
Lucas Sinfield
Lucas Sinfield 18 days ago
‘How are you feeling about everything that happened on Saturday Night?’ ‘Obviously, it wasn’t ideal..’ Love that he just doesn’t care, secured the bag for his family.
Adam S
Adam S 18 days ago
Whats going on with his right ear? Freaking me out
Kai Guy
Kai Guy 18 days ago
I hope Ben gets to see this comment. Being a better person is so much more valuable than being a better boxer or mma fighter and you are definitely a better person
Donovan 18 days ago
This was a really good interview, Sub'd cheers
Noni Tairi
Noni Tairi 18 days ago
What's wrong with bens ear did jake paul pull a mike tyson and bite ben's ear off lol
Noah Froio
Noah Froio 18 days ago
Look, the reality is, Jake Paul is going to get very badly hurt someday soon. It is 100% on him, I just hope for his health and safety, once that happens, he will give up his wanna-be tough guy persona and does not let his pride cause him irreparable damage. But that is Jake's call.
Gun&Done 18 days ago
Ben doesn’t have to be embarrassed about anything. He took up a fight that was completely out of his element and even though he lost, he lost graciously and in humble fashion. If anyone should be embarrassed, it should be Jake Paul for cherry picking. But still I give credit to Jake Paul and his brother though for trying to revive the dying sport of boxing in a sense that they’re bringing more attention to the sport (even if it’s like a circus or a mockery). They seem serious in this sport so I know they aren’t mocking or ruining the sport of boxing like some would think. But in this particular fight, I give ALL the credit to Mr Ben Askren for being a good role model for all to see when it comes to being humble and never giving up or giving in even when you don’t meet the expectations of the people. You just simply get up, dust off the dirt, and keep moving forward in a positive manner. Well done Ben!!!
Dwight Yawg
Dwight Yawg 18 days ago
It sounds like he had no idea how big this was gonna be haha, tbh gained respect for both guys after these interviews
redd tells
redd tells 18 days ago
he's only trained boxing 11 fkn weeks hip surgery, mma fighting for a decade I'm seeing a pattern emerge of who Jake Paul picks to fight 🤔
kumar800 19 days ago
Ben Askren's problem is that he completely disrespected his opponent and the fight, he convinced himself it was going to be a cake walk. No matter who you are remember a fight is a fight.
Gray 19 days ago
Muhaha hahaha *”do you regret”* pffft pfft *the fight* Muhahahha...*he didn’t!* Muhaha too good, stop my stomach hurts, stop.
Adolfo Gonzalez
Adolfo Gonzalez 19 days ago
What integrity? You gained money to fall lol and you lost a lot just by accepting the fight
Dan Berube
Dan Berube 19 days ago
Well I will say he can take a dive! He continued the corruption of the boxing community. He got paid and he increased his popularity. He played everyone
Kevin Fee
Kevin Fee 19 days ago
You have to convince the ref you are ok.. Ben wanted out is a quitter with no heart and his body shows no discipline..I would never send my kid to his camp.
Qrit__91 19 days ago
I still think Ben is a cool guy, hes just chillin'.
fizik 19 days ago
askren is super smart
dead awake3
dead awake3 19 days ago
Remember ufc guys are underpaid. Middle of the pack guys aren't millionaires. So good for him for taking the bag
spook show
spook show 19 days ago
Man his ear looks bad.
WHAT YOU SAY? 19 days ago
Why the painted finger nails Ariel lol
Jeff Kendel
Jeff Kendel 19 days ago
Is that Jake Paul's testicle hanging on his ear?
RAW Knowledge
RAW Knowledge 19 days ago
Ben Askren sucks
S n
S n 19 days ago
I would take the fight also 1 min and take a nap and wake up 500k rich...good busines..
Dave Baker
Dave Baker 19 days ago
He did the Paul fight for the money only. He looked like a complete buffoon out there.
Lazy Lion
Lazy Lion 20 days ago
Ben Howard - Sorry Kid
LuciferMorningstar 20 days ago
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 19 days ago
Guy lost a fight but won A LOT of fans and noone even cares he lost, got 500k. Who the real winner is?
Blackout987 20 days ago
This guy has learned to lose - especially now that he knows his legacy is in tatters
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 19 days ago
He’s valid
Drumpf Todd
Drumpf Todd 20 days ago
I was going to watch this until I saw how many advertisements there are. Phuck the UFC seriously though, Dana is a giant chode and doesn't pay the people who make him money. The PPV is still $60 right you greedy pricks.
loganrusso39 20 days ago
He can't possibly hear out of that right ear...
clo 118
clo 118 20 days ago
Wrestling is a great character building sport, win or lose it teaches you a LOT about yourself, what motivates you and if you have the stomach for the fight.
MoeSlislack 20 days ago
i didn't even see the fight but from what i am gathering basically the ref saved jake and jake was worried to death that he was about to get destroyed. if jake actually fights a real boxer he is going to lose badly. ben seems like a really great guy.
Yeah No
Yeah No 20 days ago
Ben Askren - Good dude, opposite of a wanker. Jake Paul - Complete wanker.