Jake Paul teases fight with Nate Diaz in video posted straight after the MMA legend choked out Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 and had his final contracted fight with the company… and Diaz has hinted at a future in boxing too
For now, Nate Diaz has brought the curtain down on his UFC career, but it seems he’s far from done fighting.
The 37-year-old submitted Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 279 on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After the event, Diaz was interviewed by Joe Rogan and asked where his future lies now he has fought out his UFC deal.
Diaz celebrated like only he could after grabbing the submission victory at UFC 279
‘I want to get out of the UFC for a little bit and show all these UFC fighters how to takeover and own up another sport how you’re supposed to do it,’ Diaz said.
‘Because Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it and none of these other fighters know how to do it, so I’m gonna go out there and take over another profession and become the best at that. Show everyone I’m the best at that.
‘Boxing, kickboxing, ju-jitsu, other MMA organisations… If you think you’re the top, creme de la creme right here, baby. I’m coning for you.’
Jake Paul already has Anderson Silva to worry about, but a fight with Nate Diaz is big money
It’s been rumoured for a long time that Diaz would take Jake Paul up on an offer to box him. The YouTuber turned professional boxer, who is facing another UFC legend in Anderson Silva in October, wasted no time reacting to Diaz’s words.
‘Nate Diaz says he wants to go into boxing… I wonder who he should fight?’
Elsewhere on his social media, Paul had more comments regarding Diaz.
‘Nate Diaz is a muthuf***** legend and would have slapped the s*** out of Khamzat,’ he tweeted.
Paul wondered out loud who Diaz should fight now that he has left the UFC…
Diaz with his team after grabbing a victory in Las Vegas with his legendary status cemented
Paul also praised the way Diaz celebrated winning the fight, posing while Ferguson was still trapped in the guillotine.
The Problem Child has been overtly confrontational with names like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather when calling them out for fights. However, there seems to be an underlying amount of respect for Diaz.
Diaz, who spent 15 years with UFC, leaves the company with his stock high and a proven pay-per-view draw. Should he now choose to cash-in by fighting Paul, precious few fans would really blame him.