'Took a dive': Fight world rages over photo of Ben Askren and wife

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Jake Paul (pictured left) knocking out Ben Askren and Askren smiling with his wife (pictured right) after the fight.
Jake Paul (pictured left) punching Ben Askren and the former MMA fighter smiling with his wife (pictured right) after the fight. (Images: Twitter)

The controversial fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren has sparked plenty of backlash and controversy and now fans have accused the former MMA fighter of 'taking a dive' during the bout.

YouTuber Paul defeated retired MMA fighter Askren after a controversial 1st round KO finish during a rowdy Triller card.

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Many fans were left fuming when Askren wasn't given a chance to fight after the knockdown after he got back to his feet and answered the referee's 10 count.

But the ref controversially waved the fight off as Askren appeared staggered.

However, many have now accused Askren of going down easily after footage emerged of the former MMA fighter laughing and in good spirits with his wife and team only moments after the KO.

The accusations also gathered steam after it was revealed Askren was taking home nearly $US500,000.

Current No.1 Welterweight contender Colby Covington was quick to condemn the fight.

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However, replays showed Paul did land a solid right hand on Askren, which dropped him.

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Askren was an elite wrestler, but was never known for his stand-up game during his MMA career.

He also came off hip surgery before agreeing to take the fight.

Askren admitted he used the fight as an excuse to get back into shape.

After the fight, Askren was asked how he is prepared to take the criticism that comes with losing to the divisive Paul.

Askren said he deserved some criticism as it was "f**king embarrassing".

Former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was just one of a number of fighters to express his disappointment in how the bout played out.

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Paul hit out at the fight community after accusations the fight was rigged.

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