The weekend saw Jake Paul defeat (and knock down) former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, shocking many MMA and boxing purists. With the victory over the legendary fighter, Paul's professional record now stands at 6-0 and he is expected to face another well-known MMA competitor.
Nate Diaz will be Paul's next challenger, it seems quite obvious. Diaz has talked about a fight with Paul and even began some promotion after receiving his release from the UFC (causing a fracas at the Paul vs. Silva event).
Diaz may earn the most money of his combat sports career if he fights Paul. But according to one expert, the payout can also teach you a hard lesson.
Former UFC champion Michael Bisping dispelled Diaz's chances of defeating "The Problem Child" on his YouTube channel.
“While the majority of Nate Diaz’s fights happened at 155, he was a lightweight then he went up to welterweight, 170-pounds, and he went 5-5,” Bisping said “The only knockout that he got was against Rory Markham in 2010.
“Listen, with boxing gloves on, I don’t think it will be a good idea for Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz was a tremendous mixed martial artist. He beat some phenomenal people, had a tremendous career. He lost some fights and he won a lot of fights. The jiu-jitsu would be gone, the kicking game is gone, the general craftsmanship and the gameplans and the adversity of attacks, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, strangles, chokeholds, triangles, takedowns, you name it. That’s what Diaz could do. Those are the advantages he’d have over a Jake Paul.”
“If he was to fight Jake Paul and at that weight, 200 pounds or 196 pounds, whatever weight they want to come in at, I don’t think it would go very well for Nate Diaz,” Bisping continued. “However, I will say this, I think they would both make a lot of money.”
Bisping added that he thought there was a chance Diaz eventually returned to the UFC. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC come back and offer Diaz a mega deal to get that third fight with [Conor] McGregor because come on, everyone wants to see that.”
What do you guys think? How does a match up between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz fare?