Dana White suggests Nate Diaz go fight Jake Paul

Dana White suggests Nate Diaz go fight Jake Paul

Sit back and prepare to hear some shocking news: Nate Diaz is not happy with the UFC.

OK, maybe that’s not very shocking. Perhaps it has been the status quo on and off for months, if not years, and Diaz is once again pushing for the UFC to give him the fight he wants or allow him to find that fight for himself.

Diaz kicked off his latest public feud with the promotion on Monday when he tweeted a public demand to be given a fight in July or August or released from his contract. In particular, he attached a video of Jake Paul knocking out former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, the likely subject of his “shit to do” thing.

Diaz currently has one fight left on his contract, according to ESPN, and he turned down an offer to face rising star Khamzat Chimaev, instead expressing interest in one from Dustin Poirier, Vicente Luque and Tony Ferguson. He lost his most recent fight to Leon Edwards by unanimous decision at UFC 263 earlier this month.

A day later, UFC president Dana White spoke about Diaz’s latest request in an interview with The Mac Life and wasn’t exactly complimentary about Diaz’s merits as a fighter at this point in his career. He even suggested Diaz go ahead and book the Jake Paul fight:

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to watch him and watch a lot of games and whatever. By contract, we have to get him a fight, we’ll get him a fight.”

“I like Nate. Let’s be honest, Nate has won a fight in the last five or six years. When these guys get into these positions, you have guys that have been with us for a long time, that we respect, that you care about. You have the [Donald] Cerrones and Anthony Pettis before he left and you have Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz is still under contract.

“You want to be fair and do the right thing, whatever it is. Nate Diaz is not going to go in and fight Kamaru Usman. We’re trying to do the best we can, trying not to shit on anyone and disrespect them.” no one, but it’s not like we’re talking about Kamaru Usman here. We’re talking about Nate Diaz. Nate has won a fight in five years. We are trying to work this out with him. He should probably go. and fight Jake Paul. That’s a fight that makes sense.”

White is correct that Diaz has won one fight, Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in 2019, since his career-making win over Conor McGregor in 2016.

Diaz was apparently listening to White, as he tweeted a request for the UFC to send out a statement hours later. He then included two emojis: a blond man who may or may not look like Paul, and a boxing glove.

It’s worth noting that Paul recently announced that his next fight will take place on August 6, but with no confirmed opponent. There has been a lot of speculation about who will step into the ring with Paul, and Diaz, as an aging MMA fighter, would fit the influencer’s recent trends.

Paul even tweeted his own statement to White, saying he’d be happy to face Diaz in the Octagon and would even fight for free, as long as White raises the fighters’ salaries and pays for their medical care (White isn’t going to do this).

Obviously there are a lot of moving parts to this. All sides seem to agree that Diaz wants and should fight, either against Paul or within the confines of the UFC, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

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