Nate Diaz is getting ready for his boxing debut against Jake Paul on August 5. The former UFC star will face the YouTube sensation in a blockbuster bout that has generated a lot of hype and controversy.
Many fans and experts are giving Paul the edge, as he has more boxing experience and has knocked out his previous opponents. But Diaz is not intimidated, and he has been training hard with some of the best boxers in the world.
A video has surfaced online of Nate Diaz sparring with Esquiva Falcao, a 30-1 pro boxer who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. The footage shows Diaz holding his own against Falcao, as he uses his unorthodox striking and movement to land punches and avoid getting hit.
Diaz's style is different from most boxers, and it could give him an advantage over Paul, who is used to facing more conventional opponents.
Diaz has also expressed his confidence in his boxing skills, and he has said that he plans to beat Paul and then return to the UFC to complete his trilogy with Conor McGregor. Diaz (21-13 MMA) last fought in September, when he submitted Tony Ferguson to end his UFC contract.
Diaz had a successful career in the UFC, with notable wins over McGregor, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, and Anthony Pettis among others.