Daniel Cormier Loses Confidence In Jake Paul’s Chances Against Nate Diaz In MMA

Cormier isn't so high on Paul's chances against Diaz in MMA.

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UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier isn’t so sure of Jake Paul thinking he can rattle Nate Diaz in an MMA matchup.

Paul and Diaz competed in a pro boxing match on August 5. Diaz survived a fifth-round knockdown and made things interesting down the stretch. The Stockton native was lacking the punching power needed to give Paul problems. Ultimately, the more effective punching of “The Problem Child” led to a unanimous decision victory. While Paul won the match, he’s the one challenging Diaz to another bout, this time in MMA.

Daniel Cormier On Jake Paul-Nate Diaz MMA Fight

During an edition of “Funky & The Champ,” Daniel Cormier told Ben Askren that he has less faith in Jake Paul being able to defeat Nate Diaz in an MMA bout after their boxing match.

“I’ll take less confidence now in Jake Paul fighting Nate in MMA because of last weekend,” Cormier said. “Jake’s best chance of dominating Nate Diaz was in boxing, and he didn’t. While he did win the fight convincingly, he didn’t put him out like many people thought he would.”

While Paul wants the MMA bout with Diaz, he’s also listed other options for his next fight. “The Problem Child” continues to express his desire to fight Tommy Fury again. Earlier this year, Paul suffered the first loss of his pro boxing career, dropping a split decision to Fury.

It was clear in the bout with Fury that Jake Paul was a step behind in boxing fundamentals. “The Problem Child” believes he has improved significantly since that defeat. Tommy Fury has a boxing match with KSI lined up for October 14 in Manchester, England.

Published on August 11, 2023 at 3:21 pm
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