In the dynamic world of combat sports, Jake Paul, the influencer-turned-boxer, recently shared updates on his potential MMA debut against the legendary Nate Diaz. Despite declining a boxing rematch, ‘The Problem Child’ has remained in the spotlight, rebounding from his first-ever loss to Tommy Fury by securing a victory over UFC icon Nate Diaz, bringing his record to an impressive 8-1.
Although Diaz had seemingly accepted Paul’s $10 million MMA rematch challenge, accusations of “weaseling out” of the bout surfaced from PFL founder Donn Davis. While Paul has shifted his focus to a December 15 boxing match against 10-1 pro Andre August, he insists that the MMA rematch with Diaz is not entirely off the table and aims to make it happen in 2024.
Jake Paul Bold Move: The $10 Million Offer for Nate Diaz MMA Rematch
In a conversation with MMA Junkie, Paul accused Diaz of turning down a significant sum, claiming it to be the highest payday the MMA veteran would ever receive for a fight. Expressing frustration with Diaz’s social media activity, including the posting of misleading fight posters, Paul emphasized his commitment to transparency in negotiations.
“We’re ready, MMA, end of 2024, $10 million, which is more than he’s ever made for an MMA fight – ever. He’s sitting there asking for more money, basically drunk tweeting random sh*t and random fight posters, making himself look like a fool,” Paul asserted.
The influencer turned boxer stressed his desire to change the dynamics of the sport, particularly addressing the issue of call-outs that often lead nowhere. He aims to provide transparency to his audience about the negotiation process and showcase a willingness to face any opponent at any time.
Paul remains optimistic about his commitment to compete in MMA, but he casts doubt on whether Diaz will accept the challenge, citing the potential risk to his MMA reputation. “I truly believe that he knows it would be a really tough fight for him, and I think that’s the thing for him where he’s like, ‘Damn, do I risk my whole MMA reputation by giving this kid a chance here?'” Paul speculated.
As the saga unfolds, fans are left in suspense, wondering if Diaz will ultimately accept Paul’s offer. With Diaz’s extensive MMA experience, the potential rematch inside the cage promises an intriguing showdown, but the answer to this question will have to wait until 2024.