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Was Jake Paul’s first-round knockout of Ben Askren rigged?

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Is Jake Paul a serious boxer? The results of his latest fight may have shown that he’s good enough to beat an aged mixed martial arts champion.

What was viewed as an exhibition by most fans came to a very real conclusion as Paul took a first-round knockout victory over former Bellator MMA and ONE FC champion Ben Askren. The result capped a weird night of combat sports and music with a memorable highlight and a touch of controversy. 

The bout between Paul and Askren basically what one would have expected between the two after watching their most recent combat endeavors. Paul pressed the action but remained disciplined, something that carried him to victory in both of his previous bouts. Askren plodded around the ring, but largely avoided any damage from Paul’s early spurts of offense.

Whether it was force of habit from MMA or just his lack of actual striking experience, Askren’s lead hand drifted out and up. A jab followed by a looping right hook from Paul caught Askren flush on the temple and dropped him hard.

Askren was up quickly, but was shaky on his feet for a time. He recovered inside the 10-count but Paul moved in too quickly, prompting the referee to wave him back.

In a confusing conclusion, the fight was then waved off with Paul being declared the winner.

As with every other large boxing match regardless of the outcome, “rigged” trended worldwide on Twitter ahead of promoter-designated hashtags. Nonetheless, it still looked like a damning night for the former MMA champion and a vindicating one for Paul.

Was Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren rigged?

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren was almost certainly not rigged. While Triller’s shoddy camera work didn’t pick it up perfectly, it appears that Askren was knocked out cleanly.

Though he was standing under his own power by the count of eight, Askren was visibly stumbling long after the count. Even after getting extra bonus time to recover after the count when Paul advanced early, the referee could be seen beckoning Askren to step forward. Askren continued to hobble sideways, prompting the stoppage.

Understandably, Askren’s loss was a tough pill for MMA fans to swallow. 

Though Askren is aged and showed up to the fight more chunky than Funky, he’s still a former Olympic wrestler, was the champion of two major MMA promotions, and was widely regarded as a top-10 fighter in the highly competitive welterweight class for nearly a decade. Theoretically, those credentials should allow him to walk off the street and make quick work of someone that’s best known for social media hooliganism, but that’s not so. 

This was far from the best version of Ben Askren that fans have seen. Though Askren’s weight was a hot topic of conversation after the weigh-ins, coming in at 191 pounds after finishing his MMA career at 170 pounds, that wasn’t necessarily because of a lack of motivation. 

Askren’s been very open regarding his physical status, particularly as it relates to the fact that he likely needs hip replacement surgery. But even if this wasn’t the case, the fact that Askren’s outstretched hand literally went over Paul’s head as the final punches came in showed the glaring weaknesses in his actual striking.

How much did Jake Paul and Ben Askren make?

The reported payouts for Jake Paul and Ben Askren for their boxing match on Triller were $690,000 and $500,000, respectively. No details on other sources of revenue, particularly shares of the pay-per-view purchases, were disclosed.

Is Jake Paul a good boxer?

While Paul’s haters will find a way to explain away each of his victories, it’s getting more difficult to dismiss him as a sideshow act. Paul is still undeniably raw when it comes to boxing, but there’s enough grit, technical acumen, and pure punching power there to commend.

Jake Paul’s first boxing match came on the undercard of Logan Paul’s first boxing match opposite Deji Olatunji. During that fight, Paul copied Floyd Mayweather’s boxing stance with a low lead hand. Given his lack of head movement, shoulder rolling, and hand speed, he was smacked around for the first few rounds before gutting out a late stoppage.

It was a display of toughness that many didn’t expect, and Paul has improved technically since then.

Paul remains a social media personality first and latecomer to combat sports second, and that puts a hard ceiling when it comes to any notion of him being a legitimate boxer. But in another reality where Paul found boxing at a younger age and poured his whole self into it, he may have been a legitimate contender.

What is Jake Paul’s next fight?

No details were given regarding Jake Paul’s next fight and it’s anyone’s guess as to who he may face next. Both Paul and Askren made a lot of money from their match and that has seen a number of people get in line for a money fight against the YouTuber.

Dillon Danis, a Conor McGregor hanger-on best known for getting pelted with water balloons by Jake Paul last year, staked a claim for the match and makes as much sense as anyone else. It could also be another social media influencer or another crossover athlete. The possibilities are endless.

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Zain wins Slippi Champions League S2 week four, first players qualify for Smash Summit 11

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The second season of the Slippi Champions League came to a close today, setting the stage for a return to offline Super Smash Bros. Melee competition at Smash Summit 11 in July. 

Zain Naghmi continued his dominant run from SCL Season One, winning two of the four weeks over the likes of Wizzrobe, Mang0, and iBDW, including the final week with a 3-0 bracket reset win over Mang0. 

Over four weeks, there were three different winners for SCL Season Two, with Mang0 winning week one, Wizzrobe took his first SCL division one win during week three, and Zain cleaned things up in weeks two and four. In the context of Smash Summit 11, only week four’s results were taken into account, with the top six players earning a spot at what could be the first big Melee LAN event in over a year. 

In order of placement from SCL season two week four, here are all six players that made the cut for the next Summit.

  • Zain
  • Mang0
  • SFAT
  • iBDW
  • Plup
  • moky

Zain, Mang0, and iBDW were the top three finishers from Smash Summit 10, so it is fitting that they are three of the first to earn a spot in the event. 

Additionally, both Leffen and aMSA received direct invites to Smash Summit 11 as the top players from their respective regions. This will be the first time either player has competed in a major Melee event outside of Europe and Japan respectively since Smash Summit Nine in early 2020. 

The remaining eight players attending the event will be decided in typical Summit fashion, with two qualifying through other events and six invited based on a crowdfunding campaign. 

More details about the crowdfunding contest will be shared soon, but the qualifier spots will be given to the winners of Rollback Rumble: The Big One and the player with the most points from the SAME Circuit, which is an EU event. 

Smash Summit 11 will run from July 15 to 18 at the Beyond The Summit studios in Los Angeles and is currently slated to be an offline competition, though that is still subject to change if anything unexpected happens. The event will be themed after the Olympics and more information will be released in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/zain-wins-slippi-champions-league-s2-week-four-first-players-qualify-for-smash-summit-11

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Triumph, TeamOne secure final cs_summit 8 closed qualifier spots

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Triumph and TeamOne have claimed victory in the second cs_summit 8 open qualifier, besting Third Impact and Imperial, respectively, to earn the final spots in the closed stage which will run from May-14-18 and offer four spots in the North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

After easing through the early stages of the bracket, Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side faced strong contention from SKDC in the first best-of-three round, managing to narrowly secure a victory in two maps to meet Imperial for a spot in the closed stage.

The Brazilian roster had fallen early on in the previous qualifier, and despite mustering a better run this time around, they were unable to prevail over Triumph, who opened the series strong with a Mirage win before bouncing back from losing their map pick by edging out a 16-13 win on Nuke to advance.

Cooper was the highest-rated player for Triumph against Imperial

TeamOne, who suffered a similar fate to their countrymen in their last qualifier bid, were able to claim redemption for themselves as they fought past Party Astronauts in a three-map series, and wasted little time in securing their closed qualifier spot by trouncing Third Impact 16-5 on Inferno and Nuke in the ensuing round.

Four spots at cs_summit 8 will be up for grabs through the closed qualifier, which will also mark the return of Extra Salt and paiN to North America, as well as GODSENT‘s first appearance in the region after playing in Europe for the first portion of the year.

The complete team list for the closed qualifier consists of:

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31723/triumph-teamone-secure-final-cs-summit-8-closed-qualifier-spots

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What does Rook’s armor do in Rainbow Six Siege?

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Rainbow Six Siege features a diverse cast of operators with different abilities and tools to help their team. Some are tedious and tough to master, while others provide excellent support and are easy to use. Rook, one of the original operators in Siege, is a perfect example of the latter. 

Rook’s armor plates provide an excellent boost to teammates that can make a difference in gunfights. But a lot of players aren’t familiar with what the plates actually do.

Rook can place a bag full of armor plates each round that he and his teammates can pick up. Players can only pick up one armor plate at a time and can grab a plate at any point during a round. 

The plates provide a 20-percent armor boost to the user without penalty, which is an incredible boost for a team. The plates also guarantee players will enter the down-but-not-out stage when damaged instead of instantly dying. But a headshot will still instantly kill a player even if they are wearing Rook’s armor. 

If a player is picked up by a teammate, they will lose the armor plate. But they can pick up another plate if there are plates available. Rook’s Armor Pack can be destroyed by enemies, so avoid waiting long to pick it up. Also, avoid shooting it, since friendly fire can also destroy the pack. 

Rook is an excellent choice for new players because he is available by default and his ability is easy to use. Just ping the armor pack to let your teammates know it is available, and they will have a slight advantage for the rest of the round.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/rainbow-6/news/what-does-rooks-armor-do-in-rainbow-six-siege

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TOTW 33 Predictions FIFA 21: Who’s Getting in?

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TOTW 33 predictions for FIFA 21 are coming in as fans prepare for yet another Wednesday content drop in Ultimate Team.

Team of the Week cards are more or less irrelevant at this point in the year for actual gameplay. Yes, they’re still required in Squad Building Challenges here and there, but fans are more concerned with what those particular SBCs are and which Team of the Season cards they’re working into their teams. Especially considering TOTS cards replaced TOTW items in FUT Champions rewards at the start of the promotion.

Still, expect EA Sports to eventually release a repeatable TOTW upgrade SBC at some point in the rest of the FUT cycle. Perhaps they’ll even make it 84+ overall.

Here are some favorites for TOTW 33 in FIFA 21:

Expect there to be a decent amount of Premier League players in this TOTW considering the PL TOTS squad just left packs. The headliner of the group should more than likely be Robert Lewandowski. Although, if the Bundesliga TOTS squad is next, he will miss out considering he’ll be featured in that promotion and there cannot be two special versions of him in packs at the same time. Same goes for Sancho.

TOTW 33 will be announced and released May 12 at 1 p.m. ET.

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