I can’t believe we’re doing this ...
That’s what I tend to tell myself every morning while I stare into the mirror and prepare for my day, but this morning (Sat., April 17, 2021) … it hit different.
Tonight, Ben Askren — the man who went from the most dominant Welterweight to never fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to the dude who got clowned in front of Lemmy and everybody when Jorge “Bathrobe” Masvidal kneed his head into another voting district (watch it) — takes on popular YouTuber, Jake Paul.
First and foremost, I’m not a fan of Jake Paul. Shocking to read, but the Vine star-turned Disney star-turned YouTube and Digital Marketing succubus, is not that great of a human being. Look, I’m not a great person, either — I yell at my television so strangers can listen along to fights and I work in pro wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA), which is not something you should be lauded for. But, good lord, Jake Paul has turned the idea of being an a—hole into a cottage industry for himself.
In the same way that Tucker Carlson, Joel Osteen and other cult of personality figures have curated this image and identity to market specifically to a lucrative demographic, Paul has done that with young kids via his YouTube channel. Writing terrible rap songs, a fake marriage to fellow carny Tana Mongeau (who ran a very FYRE-style convention when people still went to things), that whole thing with the Tik Tok influencer that came out last week, the whole documentary series about whether or not he is a sociopath and copping to having early stages of CTE is all kinda just small doses of who Paul is.
Now that I got that out of my system, I love freak fights. The Black Keys and carny nonsense, which is all a part of this event tonight that I’ll be calling from the studio. I hope you join me cause this could go really well or really bad … like Frank Mir is boxing … BOXING.
Join us live tonight and please prepare yourself for whatever this is!
For the complete Triller Fight Club PPV line up and musical guests for April 17 click here. And remember, MMAmania.com will deliver live stream results, including play-by-play updates, of the Paul vs. Askren PPV right here.