Ben Askren responds to claims Jake Paul fight was ‘rigged’ after brutal KO

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Ben Askren has rubbished claims that his knockout defeat by Jake Paul last weekend was rigged, asking fans: “What do I gain by that?”

Askren was wiped out by the YouTube sensation inside the first round of their highly-billed showdown in Atlanta, Georgia last Saturday night.

The former UFC star was floored by a huge right hand after 119 seconds which forced the referee to call a halt to proceedings despite his best efforts to return to his feet.

The early finish infuriated a number of fans who forked out the pay-per-view fee, with some even suggesting that it was rigged to ensure Paul came out on top.

Yet Askren, who took home a staggering $500,000 for his part in the brief contest, insists his paycheque was already secured regardless of the result.

When asked about the allegations by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the former wrestling world champion replied: “It definitely didn’t happen.

“I guess the question I’d ask people is what do I gain by it?

“I told you guys what I made for this fight, it was a very nice paycheque, but I’m also not destitute and poor.

“So what do I gain by that? The answer is nothing.

“I think in fact I would lose a lot and it’s not something that would ever cross my mind.”

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  • “I said if they guy's a good boxer then I'm going to lose. There was a fear he had around me and there was a feeling that maybe he wasn't very good.

    “In the locker room I was pretty confident I was going to win but… the result afterwards is irrelevant to me, my life is going to be the same either way.”

    Askren also revealed that it was comfortably the biggest purse of his combat-sports career, saying: “[I made] 30 percent, 40 percent [more money than ever].

    “I made more on the Jake Paul fight, just on my base purse, than all of my fight purses in Bellator combined. That’s nine wins.”

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