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Ahead of Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul, Dustin Poirier Drops a Wild Prediction on Boxing Super Bout – “It’s Not an Easy Fight”

Published 05/23/2023, 2:44 AM EDT

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Jake Paul suffered his first loss after losing via a split decision against Tommy Fury. However, he is looking to redeem himself in his upcoming fight against MMA veteran Nate Diaz. Meanwhile, former UFC interim champion Dustin Poirier has shared his prediction for the fight in a recent interview.

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Nate Diaz hasn’t fought since leaving the UFC in the latter half of 2022. His former rival Conor McGregor expressed his desire to fight the Stockton native for the third time. However, Diaz looks set to take on ‘The Problem Child’ on August 5th before he comes back to fight in an MMA bout.

Dustin Poirier breaks down Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul


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‘The Diamond’ recently made an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s ‘The MMA Hour’ show. Poirier mentioned how much he wanted to fight Nate Diaz. But it doesn’t seem like that may come to fruition. However, he shared his thoughts about the fight against Jake Paul. Poirier said, “I will definitely watch for sure.” Although Diaz has been a fighter his whole life, ‘The Diamond’ believes that it might not be an easy fight for him.

Poirier said, “You know, Jake’s younger, bigger, faster. It’s not an easy fight.” He mentioned that Nate Diaz is now a veteran with a lot of experience, but Jake Paul is young and he has all the resources to get him a high-level training camp. Poirier added, “Nate’s a grizzled veteran with the right experience and Jake’s a new guy who’s on YouTube. He’s got the money and the amenities to surround himself with the best people and dedicate himself to fighting.”


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‘The Diamond’ picks ‘The Problem Child’ to win

Dustin Poirier understands that age can play a big factor in fights. He believes that Jake Paul has an edge over the Stockton native. He said, “He’s [Jake Paul] younger and more explosive.” Moreover, he praised Nate Diaz’s boxing skills and claimed that it works well in terms of MMA, but he’s unsure about a real boxing fight. Poirier added, “I think Diaz’s boxing is good for MMA. It’s a completely different thing.”


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When Ariel Helwani asked Poirier if he believes Jake Paul would win, he said, “Yeah.” ‘The Diamond’ mentioned how eager he was to watch the fight in Dallas. The venue is not that far from where he is living right now.


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Although Poirier believes Jake Paul could win the fight, his former rival Conor McGregor has other opinions. He claimed that Nate Diaz would come out on top in the fight. We will have to wait and see whose prediction proves to be right.

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Written by:

Himanga Mahanta


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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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