Anthony Smith Roasts Jake Paul’s ‘Stupid And Careless’ CTE Comments

Anthony Smith Jake PaulAnthony Smith isn’t buying Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE heading into his boxing fight with Ben Askren. During his final press conference before the fight with Askren, Paul told members of the media that he’s already suffering brain damage after two matches as a professional boxer. “I’m putting my […]

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Anthony Smith isn’t buying Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE heading into his boxing fight with Ben Askren.

During his final press conference before the fight with Askren, Paul told members of the media that he’s already suffering brain damage after two matches as a professional boxer.

“I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line,” Paul said on Thursday. “I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.”

Smith, the UFC’s sixth-ranked light heavyweight, made his opinions about Paul’s comments known on Twitter, slamming the YouTuber turned Boxer for not being educated about the real circumstances regarding CTE.

“My take: 1. He’s exactly as stupid and careless as we all thought. 2. Lying about this to be cool or whatever shows his absolute disrespect for the real fighters and their families that have and will suffer from the very real, devastating effects of CTE. He’s disgusting.” Smith said in a now-trending Twitter post.

Paul is scheduled to take on Askren, a former MMA standout, in a boxing match hosted by Triller Fight Club on Saturday in Atlanta. In his two previous boxing matches, Paul has defeated retired NBA basketball player Nate Robinson and fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib by knockout.

This will be the first boxing match for Askren, who retired after falling to UFC welterweight Demian Maia at UFC Singapore in late 2019.

Smith will take on rising light heavyweight Jimmy Crute at UFC 261 next weekend in the UFC’s return to full-capacity events. ‘Lionheart’ is returning to the octagon after an impressive submission win over Devin Clark in November.

Paul’s comments over CTE have clearly not sat well with the combat sports community as a whole. Regardless, fans and critics of Paul alike will tune in to the highly-anticipated fight with Askren on Saturday.

What are your thoughts about Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE, and Anthony Smith’s heated response?

Jake Paul: ‘We’re Much Closer To A Jake Paul-Conor McGregor Fight Than People Think’

jake paulYouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul is making noise in the combat sports world. With an upcoming boxing bout against Ben Askren, Paul and his team have been targeting a variety of names including Nate Diaz and the Irishman Conor McGregor. Paul had exchanged intense trash talking messages with Askren over social media for months leading […]

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YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul is making noise in the combat sports world. With an upcoming boxing bout against Ben Askren, Paul and his team have been targeting a variety of names including Nate Diaz and the Irishman Conor McGregor.

Paul had exchanged intense trash talking messages with Askren over social media for months leading up to the announcement of their fight, which headlines the Triller Fight Club card on pay-per-view in Atlanta this weekend.

In addition to his feud with Askren, Paul has called out Dana White, who was willing to put up a million dollars on Ben Askren.

“I’m just having fun and trolling,” Paul told MMA Fighting on Thursday. “I’ve sort of purposefully pitting the MMA community against me so they tune into this fight. It worked.

“I’m excited for Dana White to lose a million dollars” Paul said. “But other than that, I’m going to prove millions and millions and millions of people wrong and they have motivated me to become the best version of myself over the last couple of years.”

If all works out for Paul, getting a win over Askren in spectacular fashion, then him and his team already have their eyes set on someone that can potentially break the PPV records, Conor McGregor.

“I think we both are on a road to each other,” Paul said about facing McGregor. “He wants another boxing fight. He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He would get toasted. He just keeps on taking Ls. So I think him fighting me would not only be his money fight, but it would technically be the easiest challenge, right? Fighting Jake Paul would probably be easier than fighting Manny Pacquiao and it would be just as big.

“I think we’re a lot closer to a Jake Paul-Conor McGregor fight than anyone thinks. I think it could happen in the next 24 months.”

Of course right now, McGregor is focused on the trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, targeted for July 10th at UFC 264. McGregor has stated he expects to go back to the boxing ring one day, after his defeat against Floyd Mayweather, although he has never publicly stated anything regarding Jake Paul.

“Conor’s the big name,” Paul said. “He’s a A-list celebrity, and there are very few fighters who are A-list celebrities. So we’ll see what happens. I hope he wins against Dustin, I guess, so that the fight becomes more exciting.”

While it seems possible that Paul and McGregor will meet in the boxing ring, Paul needs to get past a former MMA world champion, olympian, etc. this weekend. If he were to knock out Askren, then we might get some traction toward this bout.

How does Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul go down? Do you think Paul-McGregor ever happens?

Jake Paul Says He Has Been Diagnosed With ‘Early Signs Of CTE’

Jake PaulIn the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission. Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania). […]

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In the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission.

Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania).

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Paul told reporters Thursday. “That’s why, when people question my dedication to it—it’s like, I’m showing up every single day. I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.”

CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is a debilitating condition that, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas… CTE has been found in the brains of people who played football and other contact sports, including boxing.”

An admission to showing signs of CTE has usually ended any discussion about a fighter possibly returning to the ring. After hearing stories like those from Spencer Fisher about what it’s been like to live with brain injuries, it’s easy to see why commissions have been hesitant to give fighters like Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt licenses to fight.

“I love this sport and wouldn’t trade it for anything else,” Paul continued. “And I’m a fighter and people will see that. Whether it’s after Saturday night or whether it’s a year from now, they will see that I’m a fighter.”

The lasting effects and symptoms from brain injuries are hard to predict, and most diagnoses can only be made by a post-mortem examination. The UFC has taken steps to fund the research of long-lasting brain injuries, hopefully opening the door for other sports and organizations to follow suit.

Are you surprised by Jake Paul’s CTE admission?

Ben Askren Will Choke Out Jake Paul If Fans Pay Him

Ben AskrenBen Askren wants to make his fans happy. So much so that he is willing to let fans pay him directly to choke out Jake Paul. Askren will make his professional boxing debut against YouTuber Jake Paul in an eight-round match on April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. During a light-hearted sparring […]

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Ben Askren wants to make his fans happy. So much so that he is willing to let fans pay him directly to choke out Jake Paul.

Askren will make his professional boxing debut against YouTuber Jake Paul in an eight-round match on April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. During a light-hearted sparring session filmed by Triller, Askren jokingly offered to let fans pay him for the choke. (H/T Mirror)

“One of you guys can start a GoFundMe – how much would you give me to choke Jake Paul out with a guillotine? If the number’s bigger than my purse, maybe I’ll do it.”

Askren, the former Bellator champ and UFC fighter, has not minced words about how little he thinks of Paul in the build-up to this fight. He will receive the largest purse of his career for the match and believes that his victory is inevitable against Paul’s “amatuer” boxing skills. 

“Boxing, obviously it’s different, but I told someone the other day that I’m really good at athletics. I wanted to be a really great wrestler. I won NCAA titles and made the Olympics. I wanted to be a good mixed martial artist. I won multiple belts in multiple organizations. If I want to beat up an amateur boxer, it ain’t gonna take me more than three months of training to do so.”

Personalities are weighing in on this fight from around the world of entertainment and combat sports.  Dana White and Snoop Dog have discussed a massive bet on the match-up. Multiple MMA fighters, including Jorge MasvidalColby CovingtonSean O’Malley, and Mike Perry, have all provided their predictions. Boxing analyst, Paulie Malignaggi, has also weighed in and doesn’t like Askren’s chances favoring Paul in the bout.  

Would you pay to see Ben Askren choke out Jake Paul?

Freddie Roach Details Training With Ben Askren, Says ‘Funky’ Winning Would ‘Be A Public Service’

Freddie Roach was excited when he got the call to help train Ben Askren for his boxing match against Jake Paul. When the fight was made, Askren began trying to find training partners and coaches to work with. Then, out of the blue, “Funky” …

Freddie Roach was excited when he got the call to help train Ben Askren for his boxing match against Jake Paul. When the fight was made, Askren began trying to find training partners and coaches to work with. Then, out of the blue, “Funky” got a phone call from Dana White who told him he […]