Jake Paul has no shortage of potential opponents after making short work of Ben Askren on Saturday.
The polarizing YouTube star needed less than two minutes to clobber Askren and score a first-round TKO victory in the heavily hyped Triller Fight Club main event. Much of the build to the boxing bout revolved around the retired Askren’s accolades in MMA, with “Funky” having won welterweight titles in Bellator and ONE Championship as well as owning a win over former UFC champion Robbie Lawler. So when he fell short against Paul, a number of notable MMA fighters stepped up on social media to challenge the social media celebrity.
Perhaps first and foremost was Askren’s close friend and teammate Tyron Woodley, who was just a few feet away in Askren’s corner on fight night when Paul picked up the win.
Woodley responded to a brash tweet from Paul, threatening to take him out if they ever met in the ring.
“Enjoy saying you are a fighter for another day,” Woodley wrote. “Try that sh*t on against me I’m catching a body [Jake Paul]. And you mob with hoes. I wouldn’t walk into a pillow fight with them.”
Woodley wasn’t the only former UFC champion offering his services as B.J. Penn was also quick to chime in, tagging Triller and telling them “send me a contract and I will happily knock this f*cker out in one round.”
Unsurprisingly, longtime Paul rival Dillon Danis also called for the fight, adding “Let me save the MMA community.”
it’s on 100% send me the contract let’s do this i’m gonna put this cunt out cold ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/qgWj0A55gu— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) April 18, 2021
let me save the mma community— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) April 18, 2021
don’t run @jakepaul i’m gonna find you let’s see what you about— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) April 18, 2021
Danis and Paul have been embroiled in an ongoing feud, which includes an incident this past December in which Paul made Danis the target of a drive-by water balloon attack. The potential matchup drew the interest of Bellator President Scott Coker, who said he’d be willing to book a two-fight series for the two in which one bout was competed under boxing rules and the other under MMA rules.
Even UFC Vegas 24 main event victor Robert Whittaker got in on the action when asked about potentially fighting Paul, joking with reporters later in the evening that he would gladly sign on for that matchup and at a lower cost than what Askren was paid.
“Yeah, I’d fight him for less,” Whittaker said of Paul.
Check out more Paul callouts below:
Kinda sucks to say but Ben askren gonna get whooped tonight and it’s a damn shame but maybe that YouTube guy will step up and fight someone that actually knows how to fight #wrestlingaintfighting #pickme— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 17, 2021
Still love Ben Askren I enjoyed his wrestling career and mma career he probably would have it wrestled me in an mma fight but I’ll happily avenge this loss for him! Jake and snoop at same time https://t.co/6mnXn5sQfN— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 18, 2021
A Jake Stan? I’ve seen it all now— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) April 18, 2021
— Chris Leben (@ChrisLebenMMA) April 18, 2021
I’d actually cut the weight— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) April 18, 2021
In a galaxy far far away. That should be the next fight— phil baroni (@philbaroni) April 18, 2021
I was boxing dorks just like you in 1999 tough man. Pass the torch or try and take it. Makes about as much sense as @Benaskren I always have a great body come in shape & hit hard. I’ll fight back https://t.co/RAQxgDZsvN pic.twitter.com/xYOH37PNO3— phil baroni (@philbaroni) April 18, 2021