Jake Paul has ruffled the feathers of UFC light-heavyweight contender Anthony Smith by claiming to be showing signs of early CTE and the MMA world is preparing for Ben Askren's boxing debut — All this and much more in today's social media roundup.
Anthony Smith slams Jake Paul
Anthony Smith has taken claims by Jake Paul that he has "early signs of CTE" to heart and slammed the YouTuber for saying this. Paul made the claim in the buildup to his upcoming boxing match with Ben Askren and has caused quite the stir in the MMA world, especially given how prominent CTE is for fighters who sustain head trauma daily.
My take:— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) April 16, 2021
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. https://t.co/9hgm0cZcR3
MMA world prepares for Ben Askren's boxing debut
I think @benaskren has parlayed this Jake Paul fight into signing 87 new sponsorship deals. Every time I look on social media he’s announcing a new partnership. Impressive (assuming he’s getting paid for these).— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 16, 2021
You really want a @jakepaul v @Benaskren breakdown...?— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) April 16, 2021
You know it’s going to be really short, right?
An excitable kid that’s just learning to box, against an old wrestler that’s never been able to box?
It will be a mess (and I’ll definitely be watching!). --
Who are you picking to win? pic.twitter.com/lYwyurWgr5— As Shopped As It Gets (@AsShopped) April 16, 2021
Jorge Masvidal is creating a new platform after his "shadow ban"
Jorge Masvidal has seen his popularity drop amongst some MMA fans given his alignment to Donald Trump during the recent presidential election. "Gamebred" has claimed now to be "shadow banned" and has created his own platform where he will be "looking for the next Kimbo."
Since I’ve been shadow banned and censured I decided to start my own platform and bring not only never before seen content but I will also be traveling the world looking for the next Kimbo rip or street fighter only at https://t.co/cJtfWzEwsT #andnew pic.twitter.com/JzEmCNlvH2— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) April 15, 2021
Nate Diaz turns 36 today
Happy birthday wishes to Stockton's Nate Diaz who turns 36 today. For a fighter who seems like he's been around 20 years, Diaz has aged like a fine wine and still has plenty left in the gas tank.
Junior Dos Santos was not bald forever
Junior Dos Santos as it turns out had hair at some point in his illustrious career. Does anyone want to see "Cigano" come back for his next fight with a mullet?
Incredible pic.twitter.com/fYkf6kuO3g— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 16, 2021
Tyson Fury shares an awesome photo with Billy Joe Saunders
Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov continue to beef
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is a fight the MMA Gods refused to sanction at any time, despite the UFC's insistence on rescheduling it. Ferguson was speaking to ESPN ahead of his comeback fight with Beneil Dariush and continued to taunt the former lightweight champion. "The Eagle" wasn't gonna let "El Cucuy" get the last word in.
Claressa Shields hits back at criticism from some fans
Does Claressa Shields have a point?
This world is backwards -- it’s ok for hard working citizens to quit a job and take the better offer from a different one. But we got citizens telling Professional fighters that we need to just take low money and just fight -- that’s crazy. Not I!— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) April 16, 2021
Just as you guys do I’ll take the job that offers the best money. Because I’ve already fought the best and got the legacy. There isn’t another boxer at the age of 26 with my accomplishments.— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) April 16, 2021
Aljamain Sterling shares a scan of his neck before his surgery
Aljamain Sterling has shared a photo of his neck being scanned for anyone who doubted the genuity of his injury.
Valerie Loureda reveals May 21
May 21 has definitely never looked as good as how Valerie Loureda does in this photo. The rising Bellator star faces Hannah Buy on May 7 at Bellator 258.
May 21 pic.twitter.com/yKTCsWMSQH— Valerie Loureda (@valerielouredaa) April 15, 2021