Jake Paul vows to eliminate Nate Diaz after taking out Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul took to Twitter to make some bold proclamations.
YouTube star and famous boxer Jake Paul has his next opponent in mind and it’s Nate Diaz. Paul was clearly watching UFC 263 and saw the crowd reaction Diaz generated. Despite a late rally, Diaz lost an unbalanced decision against Leon Edwards. Paul swore he would take out Diaz after taking out Tyron Woodley.
Paul is scheduled to fight Woodley on August 28. The 24-year-old YouTube personality is 3-0 with three knockouts. Paul scored knockouts against former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and former NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson.
The fight against Woodley will be the toughest challenge of Paul’s career. Woodley, the former UFC welterweight champion, is a significantly better forward than his former teammate Askren. However, Woodley is 39 years old and has lost his last four fights in the UFC.
If Paul is able to pull through Woodley, Diaz is a logical next opponent based on Diaz’s popularity and pulling power. Despite a 20-13 record, Diaz’s popularity appears to be increasing. The Stockton, Calif. Native was clearly the most popular fighter in the Glendale, Ariz. Crowd. Diaz also used to be a successful pay-per-view. During his career, Diaz has titled three pay-per-views UFC, UFC 196 and 202 against Conor McGregor and UFC 244 against Jorge Masvidal.
There are a few hurdles to getting a Paul-Diaz fight. The first being that Paul must defeat Woodley. Second, an agreement will need to be made with the UFC to allow Diaz to take the fight since he is under contract with the promotion. The third, and probably the easiest, will be to accept a contract and a purse for Diaz. Considering that Askren and Woodley both publicly stated that the fight with Paul was the biggest paycheck of their careers, so could Diaz.
If Diaz and Paul meet inside the square circle, getting a knockout could be quite difficult for Paul. Diaz has a very unorthodox southpaw style that could cause problems for Paul. Additionally, Diaz is renowned for his incredibly strong chin. In his 33 professional fights, Diaz has only been knocked out twice. In 2013 by Josh Thompson and by Masvidal in 2019. However, the stoppage against Masvidal was due to a doctor’s stoppage due to cuts and not a knockout.