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Jake Paul has seemingly lined up one hell of a fight schedule.
Next up for “The Problem Child” is a showdown versus Anderson Silva on October 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s a major step up for Paul in more ways than one: his toughest opponent yet and likely the most high-profile pay-per-view (PPV) too. However, that hasn’t stopped Paul from looking to line up potentially even bigger fights down the road.
As one of the biggest stars in combat sports, Nate Diaz is an ideal potential opponent. At UFC 279 last month, Diaz fought out his UFC contract and ended his longtime stint with the promotion on a high note, strangling Tony Ferguson in the main event. If Diaz is really free from his contract, Paul wants that bout next, as there’s history between the two.
“I would be surprised if he actually was a free agent,” Paul told MMA Junkie. “I feel like Dana (White) has a way of tying these guys in, like hidden into the contract. That’s just how I feel about it, I don’t know if it’s true or not. But yeah, if he can actually become a free agent then I think that’s a cool fight. I would love to do that. I’m not overlooking Anderson Silva, but there’s beef between Nate Diaz and I.
“He’s a big name. He went out with a bang, had an electric performance, and people are saying, ‘Oh, you’re fighting these retired MMA fighters.’ No I’m not. Anderson never retired and Nate Diaz left winning and he’s one of the baddest men on the planet. So what about fighting an active UFC fighter? What now? So that’s why I think that fight is interesting. Hopefully I get through Anderson, and hopefully Nate Diaz can get out of his contract and we’ll see if that makes sense.”
There’s still several dominos that need to fall correctly in order for this fight to happen as Paul predicts, but it would surely be one of the biggest combat sports events of the year.
A weird, fun, and I believe ongoing thread:
Every 10 Likes I’ll Make Charles Bigger pic.twitter.com/SgfnIJKo4k— Ben Davis (@BenTheBaneDavis) October 7, 2022
It’s rare but nice to see an athletic commission actually serve their intended purpose and protect an athlete. Between bare knuckle and MMA, Melvin Guillard has lost 13 times since his most recent MMA victory in 2014.
Given how long Bobby Green has been in the game, six months is much, much better than two years.
USADA announced a six-month suspension for UFC lightweight Bobby Green pic.twitter.com/VssENe6N7D— Marc Raimondi (@marcraimondi) October 7, 2022
Who is planning to watch Alistair Overeem return to the ring tomorrow night?
Roy Nelson replied to the following post, “It takes time to be a Heavyweight or get off gear.”
Andre Fili’s massive back piece is coming along.
Our first look at the UFC Hasbulla collaboration … why …
Valentina Shevchenko herds some sheep!
Classic Mike Perry sparring footage content:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Caught clean by the hammerfist, and then shots just kept landing.
Relentless ground and pound in an action packed performance from Dylan Hazan Another big win for the Italians— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 7, 2022
Watch #CW144 live on @UFCFightPass
Rome, Italy pic.twitter.com/faU4NJ2n6Z
Switched stances on the reset and lined up a huge left high kick:
Huge head kick KO by Francisco Araujo at Mr. Cage 45 last night in Manaus— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 7, 2022
Not sure what's up with the audio, how it was uploaded. Rest of the fights here: https://t.co/DjrPAZvXWP pic.twitter.com/DyO9qRohTe
A good old fashioned brawl with a definitive ending!
These dudes were brawling! What a KO! pic.twitter.com/2gOm5H4Pws— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) October 7, 2022
A massive and very old tree.
Midnight Music: New Wave, 1979
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.