Nate Diaz is on his way out of Dallas, Texas, after losing his boxing debut to Jake Paul this past weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2023) inside American Airlines Center (watch highlights). As he left, though, Diaz sent another message to his fans: he’s gonna choke out “The Problem Child” soon.
Diaz was game enough through 10 rounds against the larger, younger Paul; however, the Stockton slapper never managed to generate enough power in 10-ounce gloves to stagger the YouTuber-turned boxer. Paul did manage to drop Diaz on his face in the fifth round, and went on to win the bout 98-91, 97-92, and 97-92 on the judges’ scorecards.
There was enough mental warfare and ring play from Diaz to satisfy his fans. And in the tenth round, Diaz went so far as to lock up a guillotine choke on Paul for a moment as they clinched. The implication was clear: if this was an MMA fight, it would be an easy night for Diaz.
Paul called for a rematch in mixed martial arts (MMA) immediately after winning, and Diaz sounded receptive to the $10 million idea. Paul signed a lucrative deal with Professional Fighters League (PFL) to compete in MMA in 2024 ... and he needs an opponent. Why not Diaz, who is the perfect Paul foil: smaller and older, but still a draw even when he keeps losing.
As Diaz got on a private plane to head back to Stockton, Calif., he did a little horseplay with a teammate and locked him in a guillotine.
“2024,” he captioned the video.
We’d say a collision between Paul vs. Diaz 2 in PFL’s cage is looking pretty likely right now. And the bookies aren’t giving Paul much of a chance.
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