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Nate Diaz responds to Jake Paul’s $10 million MMA challenge: ‘Gonna cost more than that, dawg’

If PFL wants Nate Diaz to fight Jake Paul in mixed martial arts (MMA), there’ll need to be more than $10 million on the table.

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Nate Diaz and Jake Paul are set to fight in a big-money boxing bout on Aug. 5, 2023, inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. But, “The Problem Child” is already looking forward to another fight: against Diaz inside the Professional Fighters League (PFL) SmartCage.

“For all the clowns saying, ‘Why don’t you fight Nate Diaz in the cage?’ I made that offer to him from the start,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “$10M to fight me in PFL after we box on August 5th. Offer is still there Nathan.”

Paul has been talking about the Diaz showdown potentially being a lucrative two-fight deal, and he is still set to make his PFL debut sometime early next year. A fight with Diaz in the cage would certainly make both men a lot of money, so why not?

Inside Fighting caught up with Diaz recently and asked him about the offer.

“We’ll see what happens,” Diaz said. “Get this fight out of the way.”

Pressed on if the MMA match may happen, Diaz replied, “Yeah, probably.”

Unsurprisingly, Paul and PFL will have to adjust their offer upward, though.

“Gonna cost more than that, dawg,” Diaz said with a laugh as he got into his truck to leave.

That just goes to show you how much money Diaz is making now that he’s free from his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. No one other than Conor McGregor is making $10+ million per fight in UFC. Now, Diaz — who has never held a meaningful championship belt — is set to make more than that against Paul (provided his legions of fans actually buy the pay-per-view and don’t pirate it).

PFL’s “Super Fight” division is set up to share 50 percent of pay-per-view (PPV) profits with the athletes competing, so Paul vs. Diaz could certainly pay out what the Stockton scrapper wants. It sounds like he’s interested in a big guarantee, though. Would PFL pay it?

Given its aggressive moves over the past several months, we’re willing to bet, “Yes.”

LIVE! Watch ‘Paul Vs. Diaz’ On DAZN PPV

READY FOR WAR! International superstar and serial risk-taker, Jake “The Problem Child” Paul, is once again up against a very big (and very different) challenge in regard to his budding combat sports career when he takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar (and Conor McGregor slayer), Nate Diaz, inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sat., Aug. 5, 2023, streaming live on DAZN pay-per-view (PPV). “Paul vs. Diaz” which will also feature multiple-time women’s boxing champion, Amanda Serrano, battling former WBO queenpin, Heather Hardy, for the undisputed Featherweight title in DAZN’s PPV co-main event. Special start time is slated for 8 p.m. ET, with a PPV price tag of $59.99.

Don’t miss a single second of face-punching action!

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