Ex-UFC star says Jake Paul ‘is not a fighter’ after tense sparring session

YouTube sensation Jake Paul is “not a fighter” according to former UFC star Markus Perez.

Paul steps into the boxing ring for his third professional bout this weekend as he faces former MMA ace Ben Askren.

Askren was previously in the UFC, while also having been the ONE welterweight champion, though has never boxed.

Though Perez, who was released from his UFC contract earlier this year after three consecutive defeats, thinks it will be Askren’s glove raised as the victor.

“To tell you the truth I had no idea who he [Paul] was, but when someone related to him offered me $300 (to train with him), I decided to accept,” Perez said.

“When I arrived at his house with my friend Alexandre Pantoja, I politely went to greet everyone.

“But when I went to shake hands, he gave me a closed fist. Then I looked at Pantoja and asked, ‘That was the guy I came to help?’

“He started the sparring going hard, and I hit him with a jab in the end of the first round and his nose started to bleed. From that point on we started to fight.

“I called for him to beat me up and he was afraid, just circling and staying out of my range.

“Of course, he is able to box and has a good cross, but he is clearly not a fighter – just an adventurous (type).

"Askren is a real fighter. He will close the distance and beat him up around the body and liver, just like I did.

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  • “A fight is always a fight, anything can happen, but I believe he will knock Paul out around the second or third round.”

    Though Paul is confident of victory, saying: “These MMA guys think because they throw punches they know how to box.

    “The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’

    “After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say?

    “This is why I’m confident in my ability to destroy this guy. They have no head movement, they’re slow, they aren’t going to the gym every day and boxing.”

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