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Ben Askren shows off Rocky IV-style training montage for Jake Paul fight

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Askren is making the build-up fun if nothing else.

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The April 17 fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren has drawn a lot of reactions from the combat sports world, but one thing you can say is that former MMA standout Askren is making the build-up fun if nothing else.

Askren posted a Rocky IV parody training montage for the bout to social media over the weekend, and it’s pretty dead-on:

Askren, 36, has shown a fun personality and a much better sense of humor than his 24-year-old YouTuber opponent, and is doing a pretty good job keeping the focus off of how bad his stand-up game was in MMA, and the fact he’s pretty banged up after a long pro fighting career, and the fact he hasn’t fought since 2019, and lost his last two fights in UFC...

Ah, jeez, I’m not doing a very good job selling this fight for them. But, I mean, you either know what this fight is or you’re willingly oblivious to it or you’re really just a Jake Paul fan and probably aren’t reading this in the first place. I doubt I’m changing your mind at this point either way. It’s a fun video, though!

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