As he prepares for the toughest challenge of his young boxing career when he faces Anderson Silva on October 29, Jake Paul still has his sights set on a future fight with Nate Diaz. The former UFC superstar completed out his contractual obligations with the promotion this past weekend when he picked up a fourth-round submission victory over Tony Ferguson, and afterwards Diaz was not shy about his willingness to fight Paul in a boxing match.
The continued run of Jake Paul facing former UFC fighters and MMA champions will continue when he fights Silva in October, and most around combat sports are labeling it the toughest fight of his young boxing career. The former UFC middleweight champion and legend is over 20 years older than Paul, but brings a unique style and skillset into the boxing ring that made him successful throughout his mixed martial arts career.
After defeating the likes of Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley twice, Jake Paul has a chance to solidify himself in the crossover combat sports arena which pits MMA fighters against boxers. Paul has not been shy about taking shots at UFC President Dana White, superstar Conor McGregor, and most recently, Nate Diaz.
Following his win over Ferguson at UFC 279, Nate Diaz spoke about a potential boxing match with Jake Paul, saying that he’s going to takeover another sport in a way that his rival Conor McGregor could not achieve. McGregor famously crossed over into boxing to face undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather, a fight in which Mayweather won by stoppage. After Diaz’s comments, Paul took noticed and released a short video making it quite obvious that he’s ready and willing to face him in the boxing ring.
Nate Diaz says he’s going into the sport of boxing. pic.twitter.com/wZoKkDbN2s
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) September 11, 2022
During the first pre-fight press conference for his showdown against Anderson Silva, Jake Paul was asked about a future fight with Nate Diaz and took a shot at the UFC superstar’s hometown of Stockton, California.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) September 12, 2022
“A lot of people don’t want to get in the ring with me, so. There’s a lot of names out there but they’re all ducking me, from Tommy [Fury] to KSI, obviously, I think Nate’s out of his contract now. 100% I would slap the Stockton out of him. I’m focused on October 29, I have a crazy tough opponent in front of me in Anderson Silva and that’s my main focus right now.”
It’s a very smart and telling sign that Jake Paul is not taking his focus off of Anderson Silva in their upcoming matchup, but if he is victorious, there’s a good chance that Nate Diaz could be his next opponent.
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