Jake Paul has already secured himself a backup just in case Nate Diaz’s recent legal troubles keep him from showing up on August 5 for their scheduled scrap at American Airlines Arena.
Diaz is slated to make his professional boxing debut opposite ‘The Problem Child’ this summer but after a busy night of causing mischief in The Big Easy, the Stockton Samurai may be facing a slew of consequences courtesy of the New Orleans police department.
In town for the DAZN Misfits 006 boxing event in New Orleans, Nate Diaz got his evening started by inciting a scuffle inside the XULA Convocation Centre after chucking a water bottle at reality TV star Chase DeMoor who was seated behind him. The altercation was contained inside the building, but once they left the venue, an all-out brawl on Bourbon Street ensued. Multiple videos of the incident spread on social media like wildfire, including a clip that clearly shows the Stockton Samurai choking out a Logan Paul look-a-like named Rodney Petersen.
With the New Orleans PD issuing an arrest warrant for Diaz on second-degree battery charges, his August 5 showdown with Jake Paul is up in the air. Offering to step up as a backup is Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, better known by YouTube and boxing fans as KSI.
“Well, if that mean Jake won’t have an opponent in August…Then I’ll come as the replacement after I KO Joe Fournier in May,” KSI said on social media.
Jake Paul responded to KSI’s offer, showing gratitude for his willingness to step up and help out.
“Great. I accept you as the backup opponent,” Paul tweeted to KSI. “Fight is at 185. There are no rehydration clauses. Stay in shape and we will give you a call if needed. Thanks buddy for being so humble and committed.”
Great. I accept you as the backup opponent. Fight is at 185. There are no rehydration clauses. Stay in shape and we will give you a call if needed. Thanks buddy for being so humble and committed. https://t.co/Mz5TD5R9FV
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 24, 2023
Nate Diaz Snapped Back at Jake Paul and KSI
Nate Diaz was quick to fire a shot at both men after learning of their online agreement, casting doubt that he will step inside the squared circle this summer.
“Lol why Don’t u two scared p*ssys just fight each other august I’ll fight someone who can really fight,” Diaz said in response.
Lol why Dont u to scared pussys just fight each other august
I’ll fight someone who can really fight pic.twitter.com/93sYpseNNf
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 25, 2023
If convicted, Nate Diaz could face up to eight years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine for his participation in Friday night’s debauchery. A representative for the Ultimate Fighter alumnus, Zach Rosenfield, confirmed that Diaz’s attorney Walker Becker has already been in contact with New Orleans authorities, indicating that his client intends to cooperate and prove his innocence. The statement comes courtesy of MMA Junkie’s Nolan King.
“Nate’s attorney Walter Becker can confirm that Nate has received word of the arrest warrant and Becker has been in contact with court authorities in New Orleans.
“Nate’s attorney looks forward to presenting all of the facts about this incident to the District Attorney which clearly demonstrate that a trained fighter named Rodney Petersen aggressively pursued Nate with the intention of engaging him and once doing so, Nate acted entirely in self-defense. No further comment will be made at this time.”
A statement from Nate Diaz’s representative Zach Rosenfield. pic.twitter.com/KC65Z0Yb6C
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) April 25, 2023