Jake Paul is in the best shape of his life and is ready to get into some shenanigans ahead of his highly anticipated clash with former UFC star Nate Diaz.
‘The Problem Child’ will look to get back into the win column after coming up short in his last outing against boxing standout Tommy Fury. This time, Paul will go back to the well once again, squaring off with a mixed martial artist making his pro boxing debut.
Speaking with David Adesanya ahead of his return to the ring on Saturday night, Jake Paul detailed his training camp and how he plans to handle the unique striking style that has helped make Nate Diaz one of the most intriguing fighters in MMA.
“We have the best imitator of Nate in the world,” Paul revealed. It’s this guy named Saul. He’s an awesome guy. He’s been super helpful in this camp. Shout out to Saul. And [Jorge] Masvidal used him to prepare for Nate Diaz so Masvidal hit me up and was like, ‘Yo, I have the perfect guy to help you train.’ And when I started sparring him, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, this is Nate Diaz.
“He’s given me an amazing look and Dustin Poirier was using him to get ready for Nate. Obviously, that fight fell out and Masvidal used him to get ready for Nate. So I feel like I’ve sparring Nate in the lead-up to this fight.”
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) August 1, 2023
Jake Paul’s Loss to Tommy Fury Has Fueled Him to Take His Training to Another Level
Going into fight camp, Jake Paul says that he has been more disciplined than ever, using his first career loss as the fuel that keeps him moving forward.
“[I’ve been] insanely disciplined. Like on a whole other level that I didn’t even think was possible,” Paul said.
I’ve been in the gym every single day since after the Tommy Fury fight. I got off the flight and immediately started jogging and training and I haven’t stopped since then.
“Losing is probably one of the worst feelings in the world and whenever I’m tired, I don’t want to practice, or my body is just not responding, I instantly think of the feeling of losing and it’s like, ‘Shut the f*ck up. Nobody cares. Get the f*ck over it. You gotta turn it up right f*cking now because we’re never losing again.”
To prepare for Nate Diaz’s insane cardio and pace, ‘The Problem Child’ has been putting some extra emphasis on his conditioning.
“Super important and one of the main focuses of the camp. My new strength and conditioning coaches made all the difference in the world and my motor is on a whole other level. I’m getting my second winds. Third winds. My runs are faster than they’ve ever been. My punch output is higher than it’s ever been.”
He continued, “I’ve unlocked a new level I didn’t even know I was capable of, and what that does, in terms of your confidence, is unparalleled.”
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Jake Paul Addresses Nate Diaz’s Marijuana Usage and Texas’ Stance on the Substance
Much of the hype surrounding Paul vs. Diaz has been the fact that Diaz, an avid user of recreational marijuana, would have to abstain from using the sticky icky in order to pass his pre-fight drug testing. In recent years, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has relaxed rules surrounding marijuana use in competition, but the state of Texas continues to deem it a banned substance.
Asked if scheduling the fight in the state of Texas was a strategic move based on that, Paul said:
“No. It was by chance. Just the date, availabilities, and the pay-per-view openings. Other events going on, and then Texas approving the fight. Those were kind of the main points going into it.”
Unlike previous fights featuring the two outspoken combat sports stars, the build-up to this bout has been particularly quiet. Especially on the side of Nate Diaz who seems completely disinterested in doing anything other than collecting his paycheck and heading back to the UFC.
“I think it’s time to turn it up a notch,” Paul said. “Both sides are ready for that. Hopefully, we get some water bottle throws. I’m ready for it. I signed up for this fight because I love entertaining build-ups and we haven’t gotten much from their side so hopefully they bring some smoke on fight week.”
Nate Diaz says he’s not interested in promoting his fight with Jake Paul pic.twitter.com/hPslQtPoHb
— Happy Punch (@HappyPunch) July 30, 2023
Paul vs. Diaz will air live on pay-per-view via EPSN+ and DAZN this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET with the main event ring walks tentatively scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.