Free agent Nate Diaz has said that fighting Jake Paul in a boxing match is now an option for him.
“Yeah, he’s (Paul) for sure one of the options. He’s doing big stuff, he’s doing big things, and he has a big fight ahead of him, and if he gets the win, I think people would really be impressed by it” Diaz told iD Boxing backstage at the Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin Trilogy fight less than a week ago.
Diaz was originally scheduled to fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, but the fight was cancelled after Chimaev failed to make the Welterweight limit. Diaz was matched up against Tony Ferguson instead. After finishing Tony Ferguson at UFC 279, Diaz said in his post-fight speech with Joe Rogan that he was leaving the UFC to take over another sport and do it better than Conor McGregor did, signalling his professional boxing debut.
“From 17 or 18 years old, I was starting to fight, I was boxing with my boxing coach. I got stuck in a cage this whole time with contracts and stuff. Now everything is open for the taking. I never stopped training for a boxing fight since I started fighting. When the right opponent or right thing comes, we’re going to take it” Diaz said.
As Nathan Diaz said, Jake Paul will impress a lot of people if he defeats Anderson Silva regardless of how old he is. Paul holds boxing wins against former MMA fighters, Bellator Champion Ben Askren and former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. If defeats Silva on October 29th, a fight against Nate Diaz would be a blockbuster event.
Diaz first teased the news of a possible boxing fight against Jake Paul in a tweet while he was trying to get out of his UFC contract this summer. The tweet read “I have bigger shit to do” with a video of Jake Paul finishing Tyron Woodley.
With Diaz a free agent and Jake Paul making it known that he wants to fight him, the next few months should be interesting.
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