Dana White thinks that retired UFC fighter Ben Askren will beat YouTube superstar Jake Paul in their upcoming boxing match on April 17th, and is so confident that he’s even willing to put his money where his mouth is.
“He talks a lot of sh*t,” White told Mike Tyson on his “Hotboxin’ podcast. “We’re going to find out. I hope you can bet on this thing because I’ll f*cking bet a million dollars that he loses this f*cking fight. A million dollars that he loses this fight.”
White is putting faith in the fact that Askren has been a professional fighter for many years and has gone up against many tough opponents in the past.
However, he may have missed the memo that even numerous MMA fighters and pundits are skeptical of the former Bellator and ONE FC champion Askren’s chances in this match-up due to his painfully sub-par striking ability.
Another boxing ace, Zab Juddah was also on the podcast alongside Tyson and tried to warn White that from what he’s seen Paul has some legitimate boxing skills, but White’s mind is already made up.
“Let’s be honest: Jake Paul is not a f*cking boxer – this guy’s a f*cking YouTube kid,” White said. “Let me tell you about this kid: So the kid he’s going to fight is a wrestler, a real good wrestler, a decorated wrestler, but he’s actually fought real guys. He’s been a world champion in other organizations.”
Meanwhile, Paul is so confident he’s going to win that he’s already looking to up the ante on White’s bet.
“Dana let’s double the bet up! $2 Million,” Paul wrote on Instagram. “We wire the money into escrow. $4 million total. Winner takes all. My team will be in touch to make a contract. After I knockout Ben, we can set up Jake Paul Vs. Dana White 2021 since you consider yourself a ‘Boxer’ and me a ‘YouTuber’”