After fighting Tony Ferguson and completing his contract in September 2022 at UFC 279, Nate Diaz is scheduled to make his combat sports return against Jake Paul in a boxing bout on August 5th. This highly anticipated eight-round clash will take place at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Ahead of this super fight, Nate’s arch-nemesis Conor McGregor had some strong opinions.
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It is needless to say that Nate Diaz is an underdog in this fight against Jake Paul. Given the fact, the Stockton Slugger will be putting on the boxing gloves for the first time and will be going against a much younger boxer with good experience and deadly knockout power.
Conor McGregor throws a verbal jab at Jake Paul!
Despite being bitter rivals, The Notorious has backed Diaz to do well in his boxing debut. Consequently, while having a conversation with Ariel Helwani, McGregor claimed that it will be an easy victory for the former UFC superstar.
“I fancy him for it. He’s a donkey that guy, the other cat, but a donkey has kick, so you’ve got to be weary of that. But, Nate will be peppering him, he’ll hit his face in and it will be Nate,” said Conor.
The Notorious seems to have his eyes set on a big trilogy fight with Nate Diaz. He firmly believes that the Stockton Slugger will return to the UFC after his boxing bout against Jake Paul.
Jake Paul responds to McGregor’s remarks!
Conor McGregor’s remarks about Jake didn’t sit well with the ‘Problem Child’. This was not the first time that the Notorious downplayed Jake’s boxing skills as he predicted a knockout win for Diaz in an interview with Inside Fighting last month.
The Problem Child responded to McGregor’s comments in the recently concluded press conference. Jake dissed McGregor for siding with Nate Diaz and promised to spoil the Irishman’s plans of fighting Diaz in a trilogy bout.
“I think he’s got trauma from when Nate Diaz slapped his head off. But I like that, I like people that doubt me. I’m going to do what Conor McGregor couldn’t do quite literally and put a [wrench] in all of his plans here.”
“I know Nate Diaz wanted to get out of the UFC, come make a bunch of money, fight me, win, and then go back and probably fight Conor McGregor in the UFC. So that’s what these guys are hoping for and I’m going to stop all that. I promise you that and then I want Conor next,” Paul added further.
With age and experience seemingly against his favor, many are picking Jake to win this fight. But the younger Diaz has turned things around as an underdog before, let’s see if he can pull it off again!