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The plan, according to 'The American Gangster', is for the YouTuber-turned-fighter to take on Ben Askren first. Then, after that, Paul will face Conor McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis.
"Jake Paul doesn't trust many in the media to spread the word," began Sonnen, suggesting he had the inside story. "I was told 'Ben [Askren] then Dillion [Danis]."
. @jakepaul doesn't trust many in the media to spread the word.... I'm was told "Ben then Dillion." pic.twitter.com/evn9WdznoA
- Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) December 22, 2020
Askren retweeted Sonnen's statement, seemingly confirming that 'Funky' is at least interested in taking on Paul. Or in causing a bit of mischief.
The image on Twitter showed Paul and Askren head-to-head with a date of 28 March and Los Angeles as the host city. All TBC at this stage, of course.
Jake will Ko Ben. World class grappler and wrestler. but his hands are terrible.- Makama Enterprises (@TkamOmari) December 22, 2020
Nice fighting a youtuber, a basketball player and then a wrestler https://t.co/dkQxrVMIoS- Khabib's Ear :island: (@earkaboob) December 22, 2020
Why does this half ass excuse for a boxer keep trying to fight ufc fighters... stay in your lane brother. https://t.co/rIiBohrEEi- L A R K I N (@hunniebunnzz) December 22, 2020
Jake Paul beats both of them boxing ♂️ this ain't wrestling or BJJ. Neither of them can strike- Ben House (@bhouse69) December 22, 2020
Surely Ben Askren hasn't signed up for a boxing match :joy:- Caltimas (@caltimas) December 22, 2020
Jake Paul, who boasts a 2-0 pro boxing record after knocking out a fellow YouTuber and former NBA player Nate Robinson this year, has been trying to taunt and insult Conor McGregor into stepping into the ring with him next year. So far McGregor has ignored him.
Paul has also been provoking Danis, driving past his recent interview to chuck water balloons at the current Bellator fighter.
It should be noted that IF Jake Paul - whose brother Logan has a money-spinning exhibition against Floyd Mayweather lined up for February 2021 - fights either Askren or Danis, it would likely be in a boxing ring.
It seems unlikely that the 23-year-old social media star would step into the cage or an octagon for an MMA fight against two grapplers of the quality of Askren or Danis. Because it would likely result in a very quick submission.
The 36-year-old Askren retired from mixed martial arts in 2019 after losing his last two UFC fights (including his five-second knockout defeat at the knee of Jorge Masvidal).
However perhaps he could be tempted to fight once again to shut up Jake Paul, who's been insulting a wide array of MMA figures - as well as UFC president Dana White, of course.
If Sonnen's revelation is correct and Paul has his next two contests planned for 2021, we could see two MMA fighters get a chance to shut him up. Or end up in a heap on the canvas like Robinson, perhaps.
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