Metta World Peace Praises Jake Paul

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Former NBA star Metta World Peace has praised Jake Paul following his win over washed MMA star Ben Askren.

Jake Paul knocked Askren out in the first round -- reportedly within about 30 seconds.

"I like Jake Paul, because I think anybody who has a dream should go after that dream. I think what's incredible about it is he's doing it! That's what's incredible about it, action!" he told TMZ.

"I deserved that sh*t," Paul said after the match. "This is the craziest moment of my life. I told y'all I was going to do it in the first round. I told y'all I'm a real fighter. I don't know how many times I got to prove myself that this is for real."

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He continued: "This has been the hardest 10 days of my life. I've had to hold it together to keep this fight going. I'm just honored to be here."