The infamous Stockton fighter, Nate Diaz, will be donning the boxing gloves and entering the ring against YouTuber turned professional boxer, Jake Paul. On August 5th in Dallas, Texas, they will face each other in a 185-pound clash that is expected to be entertaining. For Paul, the bout will be his chance to rebound after suffering his first career boxing defeat to Tommy Fury in February.
It was his first challenge against a boxer after six fights against athletes from different sports. It has been reported that Paul had previously attempted to book a match with Michael Bisping, according to the former UFC middleweight champion, and a contest with fellow YouTuber KSI was an apparent no-brainer, but he chose Diaz instead.
Diaz, who at one point was one of the most sought-after free agents in combat sports, has not competed since his final UFC appearance in September 2022, where he defeated Tony Ferguson via a fourth-round guillotine submission.
Although he was not considered a top talent at the end of his MMA run, the relatively dangerous and entertaining fighter preferred to stand and trade despite his solid grappling abilities.
Bisping weighed in on this clash, reminding observers that Diaz is not a walk in the park and is a very tough and extremely hard fighter to finish. Diaz is not a boxer, but he has good hands that cannot be denied. Bisping recognizes that Diaz is almost 40 years old and has a great submission game, but his height, which is almost six feet, and smaller size due to fighting the majority of his career as a lightweight, may play a factor in the match.
This fight with Diaz following a boxing loss is very much in keeping with the pattern of Paul’s pro boxing career, despite the obvious appeal of matching up with another YouTube star KSI.
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