- Nate Diaz said he is set to participate in two triathlon races in the next two weekends
- The ex-UFC star explained why his cardio has always been phenomenal
Less than a month from now, Nate Diaz will take on Jake Paul in a much-awaited boxing match. Leading up to the fight, the former UFC superstar opened up about his preparation, which involved triathlon races.
Nate is a Beast at 38
During a recent talk on The Pat McAfee Show, the 38-year-old MMA legend revealed that he has been regularly racing to this day. In fact, Diaz said he is scheduled to do not just one, but two triathlon races in the coming weekends.
“Well, I got a race this weekend and next weekend also. This one’s going to be in a lake so that’s good. Those are my favorite races,” Diaz said. “I never did Alcatraz though, my brother did Alcatraz. I would have done that one but we always race all year long and about a week or two out [from a fight] I try not to do too big of races. So, every time he did Alcatraz, I was about two weeks out from a fight so I’d always miss that race. But I’ve done other stuff. I did the Big Kahuna half Ironman in Santa Cruz. Out there you swim around the pier. The whole time you’re swimming you hear seals and sh*t, it’s the scariest thing ever. I hate those. I hate ocean swims.”
“I’ve never done an Ironman, my brother did Ironman but I’ve done six half Ironmans,” he added. “The halfs are a mile swim, fifty six mile bike ride, and a thirteen mile run.”
Different from the Others
Diaz has gained notoriety for having one of the most incredible cardio in the sport. Almost all throughout his entire MMA career, Diaz rarely gassed out and often delivered up to the final round.
When asked what has been his secret, Diaz simply said it was just the result of racing and training since childhood.
“I’ve been racing and training in sports since I’m four years old so I think I’ve lived in the area of cardio my whole life, my whole career so I think I get tired too just like everybody else, I just I think I could control it and be more comfortable than other people,” Diaz explained.
Paul vs. Diaz has been upgraded from an 8 to now a 10-rounder bout. The fight will take place on August 5th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Diaz will hope to make a successful pro boxing debut, while “The Problem” will come in looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Tommy Fury.