For the first time since 2006, Nate Diaz will fight outside of the UFC.
Diaz & Paul Set For Boxing Match
The Stockton superstar’s first stop as a free agent is set as a boxing match with Jake Paul has finally materialized. This is according to Ariel Helwani, who reported Diaz vs. Paul is a ‘done deal’ for August 5th in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center.
Diaz vs. Paul is set for 8 rounds at 185 lbs. The bout will be available to watch on DAZN pay-per-view. This is Diaz’s professional boxing debut and Paul’s first fight since his one and only career loss.
Diaz last fought at UFC 279, where he closed the final chapter of his UFC run. He defeated fellow TUF champion Tony Ferguson by submission in round 4. This was Diaz’s last fight of his contract with the promotion which left him to explore other options outside of the Octagon.
While the 37 year-old had no shortage of avenues to go, it seems that a ‘money fight’ with Jake Paul made the most sense for the UFC superstar.
Paul has floated the idea of boxing Diaz for quite some time now and as fate would have it, his dream would finally come true. ‘The Problem Child’ looks to bounce back from his first pro loss to Tommy Fury last February with a win over Diaz.
Diaz isn’t the first former UFC fighter that Paul has faced. The YouTuber-turned-boxer picked up some steam early on into his career, beating the likes of former MMA champions such as Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva. Paul knocked down every one of these opponents down and will try to add Diaz to the list, when they square off this summer.