Nate Diaz has thrown cold water over Jake Paul's call out by suggesting that he will be signing for a rival fighting company.
YouTuber Paul has an unbeaten professional boxing record of 6-0 and after beating several former UFC stars including Anderson Silva in his last bout. The 25-year-old is now turning his hand to MMA and has signed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League – where he will fight in the new division of Super Fight.
After 15 years fighting in the UFC welterweight Diaz has been removed from the roster after his contract came to an end last year opening up other fight opportunities.
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After entering the MMA fight scene Paul was quick to call out free agent Diaz sensing a big pay-per-view fight was on the cards.
“I would beat Nate Diaz up in a MMA fight,” Paul said. “There’s nothing he could do. The biggest thing for me would be getting the kicks down. But I’m going to start now, moving forward with some extra time I have within this camp.
“I’m going to put in some extra time, rolling around doing some jujitsu and learning some kicks.”
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Diaz has been quick to respond by simply posting a picture of Japanese fight promotion RIZIN. If Diaz is to sign for the organisation a fight between him and Paul would be unlikely with both fighters signed for rival franchises.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is a high-profile member of the RIZIN and has fought in five exhibition bouts since his retirement. Diaz attended Paul's fight against Anderson Silva to support his teammate Chris Avila, who was fighting on the undercard.
The former UFC star caused a scene and was kicked out of the venue after arguing with Paul's team backstage and hitting a member of his entourage.
Zach Rosenfield, who represents Diaz, told ESPN that they would begin discussions about future fights "immediately" after the October incident. However, Diaz's future fight plans could be about to change and different opponents could be lined up if he signs for RIZIN.
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