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The 36-year-old former ONE welterweight champion will make his boxing debut in a scheduled eight-round cruiserweight bout against the YouTube star on Saturday night.
Askren, who hasn't fought since his submission defeat to Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night back in 2019, has impressed fans with recent footage on the pads ahead of Saturday night's Triller Fight Club event in Atlanta.
Despite it being the biggest payday of his career, with Askren reportedly earning $500,000 for the bout against Paul, the former UFC fighter said in a recent open training session that he could bring out the choke under one condition.
"Guillotine, that's legal, right?" he said. "Can I choke Jake? I know a lot of people wanna see that.
"One of you guys can start a GoFundMe - how much would you give me to choke Jake out with a guillotine choke?And if the number's bigger than my purse, maybe I'll do it, you never know!"
You can see the clip of Askren making the proposition below. He is likely joking, of course, but imagine?
"So, a couple of answers to that question, the first one being I don't think the fight will last long enough for him to even think about taking me down," he told MMA Junkie.
"The second being if he does do something like that, his purse is eliminated in the bout agreement.
"So, if he wants to lose all the money for the fight, then sure, then go ahead.
"The third thing is, I'm beating him up in Asics Aggressors which are wrestling shoes, so he's going to get beat up in wrestling shoes, which I think is hilarious."
Askren soon played down Paul's warning - taking to social media to deny his claim. He tweeted: "This is false."
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