Dana White Hails Nate Diaz ‘The Best’ Opponent Jake Paul Faced, Addresses Ex-UFC Star’s Possible Return

The UFC boss was impressed by Nate Diaz's pro boxing debut against Jake Paul.

Dana White Talks Nate Diaz
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  • Dana White reacted to Nate Diaz’s performance against Jake Paul
  • The UFC boss is not closing the doors for the Stockton native’s possible return

Nate Diaz may have failed to secure a win in his pro boxing debut this past weekend against Jake Paul but UFC president Dana White was thrilled by his performance. White also reiterated that the UFC will always be supportive of whatever Diaz wants to do in the future.

The best opponent Jake has Faced

Speaking to the media in his post-Dana White Contender Series 57 presser, White declared Diaz as the best opponent “The Problem Child” has taken on inside the ring thus far, considering the huge difference in age and weight.

“For a kid pushing 40 years old, fighting a guy four weight classes bigger than him in boxing and two in MMA, and going the distance at his age against a 20 f**king something year old kid, so far, he’s fared the best out of everybody [that Paul has fought]. He looked good and I’m happy for him,” White said of Diaz.

Nate’s UFC return should not be a Problem

Following the loss to Paul, Diaz hinted at his desire to make a UFC return. According to White, he and the UFC have always been in good terms with the Stockton native. And while nothing is brewing at this point, White said Diaz will always be welcome in the UFC.

“We feel the same way about Nate. We always have. I’ve always joke around about dealing with the Diaz Brothers. These two, you see it now. They’re two iconic fighters that 20 years from now everybody will remember and talk about. This will always be Nate’s house. Nate grew up here. He came up on The Ultimate Fighter, he fought some of the biggest fights ever here. We love the kid. I don’t know about fighting in the future, but this is always going to be his house you know, we’ll see,” White explained.

Paul has been pushing for a rematch with Diaz but not in the UFC but in the PFL. Aside from “The Problem Child,” Diaz also fancies facing Conor McGregor again for a trilogy fight.

Published on August 9, 2023 at 12:14 pm
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