‘That’s a Huge Fight’- Jake Paul Wants a Fight With Nate Diaz Over a Conor McGregor Matchup

Published 08/12/2021, 3:49 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)


YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, is heading towards a clash against former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley at the end of this month. In a brief career of just 3 fights, he has grabbed much attention because of his off-ring action than on-ring.

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Ever since his debut in combat sports, he has been continuously calling out elite fighters from MMA, especially from UFC over a matchup. Before Woodley, he has already faced a former UFC fighter in Ben Askren. And it seems he doesn’t want to give up his intentions on fighting more of them.

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In an interview given to MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn, the YouTuber talked about Conor McGregor‘s future, fight with Tyron Woodley, and a good deal of other stuff. He also gave his opinion on fighting UFC veteran Nate Diaz, who will probably enter boxing soon after winding up his UFC career.

“I have no idea if that’s his intention, you know,” Jake told Bohn. “I think that’s a huge fight between us and I’m ready for that, any time, anyone, any place.” 

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“But I think Nate Diaz vs Jake Paul, you know, is probably more interesting than a Jake Paul vs drunk Conor McGregor fight right now,” he added.

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Diaz made his long-awaited return against UFC welterweight title contender, Leon Edwards at UFC 263. Though his return didn’t end in a win, he still entertained the live crowd with his antics throughout the match.

Jake Paul thinks Tyron Woodley has already lost the fight in mind

Woodley (19-7) will enter his debut boxing match against Jake. During their recent appearance, Jake had urged Woodley to take a bet on winning or losing. Woodley seemed to be noncommittal to Jake’s proposal and hesitatingly asked others about their opinion. This made Jake believe he was already nervous.

“I think he was sort of forced to (take the bet),” Paul told Bohn. “He was even stuttering on stage, saying, ‘Should I do it? Should I do it, guys?’ Like, asking the audience if he should do it.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“And then he wouldn’t take the money bet. So he wouldn’t take the money bet, but then he stuttered into taking the tattoo bet? He was just unsure of himself. So that, in fighting, is the number one mistake.”

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Woodley will be certainly under some pressure. Apart from fighting in a debut match, he doesn’t have a good recent record as his last 4 fights have ended in a loss. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure.

What did you make of Jake’s claims? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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