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Ben Askren and Jake Paul at Triller Fight Club weigh-ins
Ben Askren and Jake Paul will collide in the main event Saturday night.

MMA Fighting has Paul vs. Askren results live for the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight card at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night.

When the main event begins, around 11:30 p.m. ET, check out our Paul vs. Askren live blog for round-by-round updates. Prior to the main event, we’ll have live updates and results on all the undercard fights below.

Former UFC champion Frank MIr will make his boxing debut against Steven Cunningham on the Paul vs. Askren undercard as well.

Main Event

Jake Paul knocks out Ben Askren in first round | Paul vs. Askren full fight video highlights

Undercard Action

The first two fights of the night kick off on the Paul vs. Askren live stream online at 8 p.m. ET.

Junior Younan def. Jeyson Minda via unanimous decision (78-71 x3)

Quinton Randall def. William Jackson via unanimous decision

Check out Paul vs. Askren undercard live blog below for the pay-per-view portion that begins at 9 p.m. ET.

Musical Interlude #1

Before we actually get to the main card boxing matches though, we have a musical interlude by the Grammy-winning The Black Keys. And when we say musical interlude, we don’t mean just one song. The Black Keys played half a set including most of their most memorable songs. It’s a different vibe than a boxing card normally is but that is the Triller experience.

Joe Fournier vs. Reykon

The background of this is apparently a squabble over a girl. The most classic of beefs. And like in those classic beefs, one guy actually knows how to fight. Fournier has boxing bouts whereas Reykon has never boxed before. He also appears to be much smaller than Fournier. This could be rough.

Round 1: Fournier can actually jab. Reykon clearly doesn’t really know how to punch. He is keeping high guard though so that’s good. But Fournier is finding the mark with some right hands and considering Fournier is clearly much bigger than him, that’s not great.

Fournier actually clearly knows how to box a little and one wonders how this was sanctioned. Fortunately, neither man is going crazy right now so it’s not that bad. However, the commentary teams notes the measured pace early, clearly hoping for more of a slobberknocker.

Fournier wins a lackluster round, 10-9.

Round 2: Fournier comes out with a little more salt this round and drops Reykon early and Reykon clearly doesn’t want to get hit again. But he stands up and he’s firing back at least. But Fournier is now cutting the ring and working the body. Reykon in full retreat and he’s getting hit but not that hard. Reykon has not landed a shot all round though and Fournier drops him with a hook to the body.

Reykon showing a little bit of heart here though as he does stand up but he’s just covering up and Fournier is looking for the finish. Reykon is on his bike and survives the round but if his corner has any love for him, they’d call this. They won’t though.

10-7 round, Fournier.

Oh! They in fact did call it in the corner! Good work everyone! Fournier wins by 2nd round TKO.

After the fight, Fournier was very classy in victory, gave Reykon props for getting up from the first left hook that dropped him. He also shouted out Triller for “disrupting the industry” and called for a fight with Jake Paul.

Get recap/highlights of Fournier win.

Musical Interlude #2

Another big musical interlude drops here with Saweetie dropping a series of songs on the fans. I will be honest, I have no idea who Saweetie is but the beats are solid and she’s putting it all out there. She also sampled “Freek-A-Leek” by Petey Pablo which is a sure way to get heads nodding and the fans legitimately are reacting to her more than to The Black Keys.

She also is getting some serious pyrotechnics going. That was way more fun than it had any right to be. We are slow going with the actual fights though . . .

Musical Interlude #3

Yet another musical act coming out with Mt. Westmore, the supergroup featuring E-40, Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube. Well, I say a musical act is coming out but really we got a pre-recorded performance by E-40, then one by Too Short, then one by Ice Cube. then one by Snoop. Certainly not bad but at this point, we are stretching even the most liberal attention spans.

Okay, now we’ve at least got all four hip hop legends actually on stage together. Or at least, they were on the stage together at one point. Again, this whole performance is pre-recorded. Perhaps more importantly though, no one knows this song so the interest is definitely waning among the few fans allowed to be in attendance here. Triller is doing a lot of interesting things but they’re dangerously close to doing too much.

Shouts to Ice Cube who still raps with the ferocity of a man surrounded by rough circumstances despite having starred in two Are We There Yet? movies. Can’t be easy to keep that edge at his age and level of success but he’s done an admirable job of it.

Finally the musical interludes appear to be done for now, however now we’re getting some boxing promotion by Timofey Lopez. So that’s where we are.

Slap Fight

Yet another interlude our way but this time at least it’s for some violence. Snoop Dogg decided this week to add a Slap Fight to the card and though it was recorded yesterday, the outcome is still unknown and these two dudes are trading big slaps and big words, while Pete Davidson and Rick Flair watch and kind of commentate/cheer them on.

The guy with the dyed green hair got absolutely trucked after a few rounds of slaps and the fans in attendance are stoked about it. Clearly they’ve been deprived of violence for too long. Fortunately, Frank Mir is about to box a real boxer so, that should be fixed real soon.

Musical Interlude #4

NEVERMIND. Yet another musical interlude is in store for us, this time from Doja Cat but this one is at least live so that’s something.

I have never heard of Doja Cat but this intro is extremely late 80’s hair metal, which is entirely unexpected. Especially because once she hits the stage, all of that vibe goes away and it would appear Doja Cat very much is a modern-day rapper. And her pyro and light show is pretty fire, so we’ve got that going for us.

As Doja Cat moves into phase two of her set, let’s briefly recap: the pay-per-view portion of this event has now been live for almost two hours and we’ve had exactly six minutes of boxing. “Fight Club” may not be the proper name for this.

Also, Doja Cat is 100 percent going to write a James Bond song in the next five years. I’d bet all my Triller NFT’s on it.

Marvin Hagler and DMX

Doja Cat is now done but we still aren’t quite back to fights. First, Snoop and Ice Cube take a moment to commemorate “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and then drop a video montage in remembrance of DMX. Honestly, can’t hate that.

Now Oscar De La Hoya is promoting his own return to boxing and he’s using curse words so you know he’s serious! Finally though, Mir and Cunningham are in the ring and here we go!

Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir

Round 1: Oscar De La Hoya is commentating this fight and he is clearly having a great time. Mir has a huge weight advantage but Cunningham is actually a good boxer so that’s not going to matter. He’s also clearly much faster than Mir but credit to Mir, he actually doesn’t look awful. Cunningham is moving though and peppering Mir and Mir is not landing much, though he is throwing a lot and the round ends with Oscar DLH saying he’d have already finished this.

Cunningham wins the round 10-9.

Round 2: De La Hoya is really . . . boisterous in the booth here and the second round starts with Mir looking to corral Cunningham and lean that weight on him. That’s good move, especially given how small this ring is. But Cunningham is still slipping all the shots and popping Mir.

Wow. DLH now just said Cunningham has no chin and that’s why he’s had 9 losses which is not a great sell job but there we are. Meanwhile Cunningham steps in with a big right hand that lands clean but Mir is taking these shots better than expected. Short time and Mir charges forward and gets smacked with a counter right that he takes but man, that one was big.

Cunningham wins the round 10-9, 20-18 overall.

Round 3: More of the same to start the third though Cunningham is now finding even better angles as Mir slows down. Infighting and DLH screams “They’re fighting in a phone booth” which should 100 percent be a sound drop for Mir’s podcast Phone Booth Fighting.

Cunningham starting to really show his class. Jabbing Mir to pieces and working the body too. Mir probably hasn’t landed more than a five punches at range and depressingly, Mario Lopez is somehow the best technical analyst in the booth right now. Mir lands a glancing right at the end of the round.

Cunningham wins the round 10-9, 30-27 overall.

Round 4: Mir still in this fight which is impressive in its own right but he has nothing for Cunningham. He cannot hit him at all and Cunningham is picking him apart. Honestly, sort of looks like Cunningham isn’t trying to hurt him too badly because he’s landing cleanly but Mir hasn’t even been rocked yet.

There’s not much to say here, as nothing has changed. Cunningham is winning, Mir is tough and it’s not that bad of a defeat to warrant a stoppage but Mir has no answer for the jabs, counters, or body work of Cunningham.

Cunningham wins the round 10-9, 40-36 overall.

Round 5: Mir comes out aggressively to start this round and he’s really trying to get the clinches which makes sense as he has no chance on the outside. Ref is quick with these breaks though so he’s not making much hay.

Mir starting to tire now and Cunningham is starting to come forward more. This could be the beginning of the end. Mir’s hands are dropping now and he doesn’t have the speed to block a big right hand. Cunningham is trying to target that shot but can’t quite pull it off.

Cunningham wins the round 10-9, 50-45 overall.

Round 6: De La Hoya giving big shoutout to Mir for holding his own in there and honestly, that’s fair. This has been a really solid performance from him given the circumstances. Mir still working the clinch and grind game plan and the referee is allowing him to do a little bit more of that this round. But Mir does eat a big counter coming in and he looks exhausted now. Cunningham countering, moving, and looking for his opportunity to get this done but he cannot find the kill shot. Mir’s right eye is swelling up pretty bad now though and if this wasn’t the last round, he might be in trouble. As it stands, Mir looks like he’s gonna make the final bell, which is a moral victory for sure.

Cunningham scores the round 10-9, 60-54 overall.

OFFICIAL DECISON: Steve Cunningham defeats Frank Mir 60-54, 60-54, 58-56 overall.

RECAP: https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/4/17/22389929/paul-vs-askren-results-steve-cunningham-wins-unanimous-decision-over-former-ufc-champ-frank-mir

Wow! Triller has obviously realized they’ve run on too long here because instead of the Major Lazer set we were supposed to get, they’re moving straight to the co-main event! Can’t be unhappy about that!

Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach

Round 1: The opening of this fight is jarring as this is actual high-level boxing. Prograis should obviously win this handily but both of these men look like real boxers. Tons of feints, speed, angles, defense, layers. Even people who know nothing about boxing could look at this and understand the difference between what came before and what is here now.

The first round was a bit of a feeling out process from both men, looking for openings but not finding much. Prograis wins round 10-9.

Round 2: Prograis seems to have found his range now and he’s measuring up the left hand and uncorking it on Redkach. A couple have gotten through too. Redkach now really on the defensive. They get in the phone booth and start trading shots with Prograis landing a big hook to the hip of Redkach.

This fight is starting to heat up now! Prograis lands a big left but Redkach responds with a big counter of his own. Prograis fires back and we’re getting some real action finally! Prograis wins the round 10-9, 20-18 overall.

Round 3: Rekach is opened up on the left now so that’s could play a factor moving forward. Prograis a little more measured early in the round. He’s not the only one. Rekach is also a little more cautious now. Neither men landing a lot of sauce but when they do land, Prograis clearly has the power advantage. He’s starting to miss with his power punches a little more now. Oooo, Prograis lands a good lead right hook and that was arguably the most competitive round. Prograis wins the round 10-9, 30-27 overall.

Round 4: Prograis comes out strong to start the fourth but Redkach is game and the two settle in to a measured pace again. Nevermind! Prograis cracks Redkach and now he’s swarming but Redkach is hanging in there. Prograis is snapping his jab and then lands a good body show. Redkach is tarting to get hit a lot more.

Prograis is landing his left behind the jab and double jab with regularity now. Lead right hook jaws Rekach and Prograis smells blood! Big right lands! Big left! Redkach recenters and waves Prograis on! A clinch as the round ends and Redkach survives! Prograis wins the round 10-9, 40-36 overall.

Round 5: Redkach needs to show something here or a corner stoppage could be imminent. But Redkach is game and he’s firing back early which stalls Prograis’ forward advancement early. Not for long though and Prograis is on the hunt. Redkach is proving wily though but he’s no longer landing power punches which means Prograis has nothing to scare him right now. Prograis moving, feinting, and looking for openings to land that left hand. He cannot find the big shot but he lands plenty of solid ones and Redkach is mostly thinking safety first at this point. Prograis wins the round 10-9, 50-45 overall.

Round 6: Prograis looking like he wants the finish this round as he comes out bombing on Redkach. Redkach has no return fire and he’s mostly just moving around, trying to stay alive. BIG HOOK TO THE BODY DROPS REDKACH! Redkach is not getting up.

Wait! Redkach is saying it was a groin shot! Confusion about what’s going on and it seems like the referee has called it a low blow but the video shows it clearly was a clean shot to the body! But the referee’s ruling may stand here and there’s no chance that Redkach gets up from this. He is in excruciating pain. This is chaos.

Double wow. So upon even more replay, it looks like the punch doesn’t even land that hard to the body. Honestly, I have no idea what is going on and the commentary team is making it all even more confusing. It’s possible that the blow landed on Redkach’s arm that then caused him to hit himself in the groin? This makes zero sense because Redkach is getting stretchered out and the commentary team is abusing him and saying he’s faking it, and he can clearly hear that. This is super strange.

In the end, Regis Prograis def. Ivan Redkach via technical decision (60-54, 60-54, 59-54).