In a number of brief years Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz has morphed from an absurd notion into an inevitability and a reminder that, in fight sports activities, something can occur.
This transformation is due to Paul exhibiting he’s a viable draw within the boxing ring and Diaz gaining his freedom from the UFC due to his win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 (his closing contractually obligated look).
With Diaz now free to determined who, the place and the way he desires to struggle (what an idea!) the celebrities are beginning to align for what may very well be probably the most profitable enterprise of his profession.
Paul is presently booked to face one other former UFC crowd favorite. His struggle with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is about for subsequent month. Nevertheless, after that bout, ‘The Drawback Little one’ shall be accessible for a bout with one in all Stockton’s best.
When talking to iD Boxing, Diaz confirmed a struggle with Paul may very well be within the works.
“(Jake Paul) is for certain one of many choices,” Diaz mentioned (ht MMAJunkie). “He’s doing massive stuff. He’s doing massive issues. He’s received an enormous struggle forward of him. If he wins that, I’m certain individuals shall be actually impressed by it. And if Anderson does his factor on him, that’s spectacular additionally. Now we’ve received a struggle on his fingers. I’m trying ahead to it.”
Diaz mentioned he couldn’t choose a winner between Paul or Silva and gave each males a 50-50 shot at successful (regardless of Silva’s legend standing in fight sports activities).
Throughout this current interview Diaz additionally spoke about his fondness for boxing and his hopes to enter the boxing ring as a professional within the close to future.
“From 17 or 18 years previous, I used to be beginning to struggle, I used to be boxing with my boxing coach,” he mentioned. “There have been boxers throughout my health club, and I used to be going to field initially, however MMA reveals had been extra round my space, and so they had been occurring, so I received caught in MMA. I received caught in a cage this complete time with contracts and stuff. Now all the things is open for the taking. I by no means stopped coaching for a boxing struggle since I began combating. When the suitable opponent or proper factor comes, we’re going to take it.”
A great instance of how stunning a Paul vs. Diaz struggle as soon as sounded is by checking in with previous statements from UFC President Dana White. In January he mentioned that struggle would “by no means” occur. Nevertheless, in June White modified his tune and mentioned that Diaz “most likely ought to” struggle Paul.
Nicely, now Diaz most likely will struggle Paul (and make some huge cash doing so).