Former UFC title contender Nate Diaz has found himself in a unique position. Still seemingly near the height of his star power, Diaz was able to walk away from his UFC contract off a high profile win over former interim champion Tony Ferguson last year. A victory that sent him into free agency on a high note, and straight into the arms of celebrity boxing’s biggest star, Jake Paul.
Paul has made his name in pugilism taking on yesterdays UFC headliners, with victories over Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren, and even Anderson Silva. This coming August, Diaz will look to change the narrative by becoming the first debuting boxer to beat the social media star and former Disney actor.
Nate Diaz sees no reason why Conor McGregor wouldn’t fight Jake Paul
One of the men clearly on Paul’s potential crossover hit list has been none other than combat sports superstar Conor McGregor. The ‘Notorious’ Irishman already tested his mettle in the ring back in 2017, losing via 10th round TKO to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, in what would become the final pro bout of Mayweather’s storied championship career.
In the buildup to Paul’s fight against Nate Diaz, the ‘Problem Child’ has used his bout against Stockton’s own as a chance to take a few shots at McGregor.
“Guess what Conor? I’ll beat the f—king f—k out of you,” Paul said on a recent episode of the Imapulsive podcast (transcript via the Mirror). “You can’t box as good as me and I’m going to do to Nate what you couldn’t, and that’s knock him the f—k out.”
Diaz may have a bone to pick with his upcoming opponent over Paul’s fight prediction, or perhaps even of Paul’s chances of beating McGregor, but on a recent episode of the Raw Talk podcast, Diaz did say he felt like a fight between Paul and McGregor would be all but inevitable if the SBG talent ever leaves the UFC.
“If he was free, I’m sure he would fight him,” Diaz explained. “Why would you not? He’s f—king talking a lot of s—t. There’s f—king criteria and that motherf—ker meets it, a lot of people do but a lot of people don’t also, and those people you fight in the bathroom.”
Jake Paul in serious preparation for Diaz
The longer McGregor waits for a fight with Paul, however, it seems like the more dangerous that fight may become. Jake Paul may still not be a good boxer, but he’s clearly come a long long way since making his debut back in a 2018 exhibition against Deji Olatunji.
In a recent video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Paul gave fans a behind the scenes look at his extensive 3-a-day workout regimen that he’s put in place to get ready for his fight with Nate Diaz.
All things considered, it may just be that Diaz becomes the latest former UFC fighter to fail to defeat Paul in the boxing ring. And if that happens, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Conor McGregor doesn’t follow shortly after. At least, assuming that McGregor’s long term future doesn’t remain entirely wrapped up in the world’s largest MMA promotion.
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