“Send the Release”- Nate Diaz Demands UFC Release as Jake Paul Fight Gets Dana White’s Seal of Approval

Published 06/22/2022, 12:53 AM EDT
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/ via Getty Images)

UFC star Nate Diaz is interested in boxing Jake Paul. He recently tweeted a video of ‘The Problem Child’ knocking out Tyron Woodley and asked the UFC to either release him or give him a fight. Paul and Dana White both reacted to Diaz’s tweet.

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Dana White said, “Contractually, we’ve got to get him a fight. We’ll give him a fight.”

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“I like Nate. Let’s be honest. Nate’s won one fight in the last five or six years. … when these guys get into these positions, you got guys that have been with us for a long time, that we respect, that we care about … you got the Cerrones and Anthony Pettis before he left and you got… Nate Diaz.”

“And Nick Diaz is still under contract with us. So you want to be fair to everybody. …he probably should go on and fight Jake Paul. That’s a fight that makes sense.”

Boxer, Jake Paul, too, reacted to Diaz’s tweet and addressed White. He wrote, “Dana – I’m happy to be Nate’s last fight in UFC. You know the terms: pay fighters more and give them healthcare.”

“Sweetener: I will fight for free.”

Post all of this, Nate Diaz once again tweeted, “Send the release.”

While Diaz seems interested in facing Paul, he is still under contract with the UFC. Hence, it would be interesting to see if the promotion gives him a fight soon or releases him.

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UFC President White was interested in making Diaz versus Khamzat Chimaev happen. Hence, while there isn’t an official opponent yet, Diaz’s last fight in the UFC would be an exciting one to witness.

Would Nate Diaz be able to box Jake Paul?

While the Stockton native has more experience than ‘The Problem Child’, he is best known for his grappling skills. In comparison, Paul has mainly boxed those who were making their debut in the sport.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – APRIL 24: (L-R) Daniel Cormier interacts with Jake Paul during the UFC 261 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 24, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Thus, Diaz might have an edge in terms of experience. Besides this, Diaz has also trained with Richard Perez and, hence, has good experience with boxing too, though he hasn’t boxed professionally.

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Further, he had also outboxed Michael Johnson, who is one of the best strikers in the UFC. Thus, watching Diaz box in the ring would be a delight for UFC and boxing fans.

Let us know your thoughts about Dana White and Jake Paul’s words in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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