Don’t expect Nate Diaz to get on the Jake Paul bandwagon anytime soon.
On Tuesday, the no-nonsense Diaz fired back at Paul for comparing him to Ben Askren, continuing a conversation that stemmed from Askren suggesting that the infamous YouTuber is better at boxing than some are giving him credit for. Paul has become one of the most divisive names in combat sports after parleying his social media fame into a professional boxing career, which has included wins over former ONE Championship titleholder Askren and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
Those achievements mean little to Diaz, who tweeted that Askren “sucks” and that Paul would “get smoked [in] a real fight.”
He sucks jake— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 23, 2021
You’d get smoked n a real fight tho
You can’t really fight
Boxing matches with wrestlers only
Let that sink in
He sucks jake You’d get smoked n a real fight tho
You can’t really fight Boxing matches with wrestlers only
Let that sink in
Diaz’s response was specifically directed at Paul’s comment that Diaz (20-13) has six times as many professional losses as Askren (19-2, 1 NC), while Diaz is pointing out that Askren and Woodley are more well known for their wrestling skills (Askren is a two-time national champion, Woodley a two-time All-American) than their striking.
The UFC vet is in a slump at the moment, having lost three of his past four fights. In Diaz’s most recent outing at UFC 263 in June, he dropped a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards.
Paul next fights reality television personality Tommy Fury on Dec. 18 in Tampa, Fla.
UPDATE: Not satisfied to be caught in the crossfire, Askren issued a challenge to Diaz via Twitter, offering to come out of his MMA retirement to fight Diaz in what is expected to be the last fight on Diaz’s current UFC contract.
Nate is right, I suck at boxing. He sucks at MMA. If he wants me to prove it I can be in the USADA pool tomorrow. Would be happy to be the last fight on his contract.— Funky (@Benaskren) November 23, 2021
Nate is right, I suck at boxing. He sucks at MMA. If he wants me to prove it I can be in the USADA pool tomorrow. Would be happy to be the last fight on his contract.