Jake Paul Recalls His First Time Watching ‘Legend’ Nate Diaz Fight: ‘I Was Probably Like 14 Years Old’

Paul remembers watching Diaz fight back in 2011.

Paul Diaz First Fight
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What was Jake Paul‘s first impression of Nate Diaz? Well, that’s actually a funny story. 

Long before the YouTube and boxing success, ‘The Problem Child’ was an avid MMA fan. As a kid, Paul met his hero Anderson Silva many years before he eventually squared off with the UFC legend inside the ring.

Paul On His First Time Watching Diaz

It’s a different story when it comes to Paul’s next opponent, UFC fan-favorite Nate Diaz, who he just met at their press conference on Tuesday. But, Diaz is nothing new to Paul, as it turns out the 26 year-old has been watching the Stockton superstar fight for quite some time. 

“It’s funny, I actually remembered a moment the other day when I was sitting on the couch at my dad’s house in Ohio. I was probably like 14 years old, and we were watching the UFC event and I was sitting on the couch and his fight came on,” Paul told Middle Easy of his first Nate Diaz fight.

“I seen like Nate Diaz and I had a crush on [actress] Cameron Diaz at the time, and I asked my dad if that was her brother, and he said, no,” Paul laughed. “But that’s, that’s the first Nate Diaz fight that I saw.”

‘He’s A Legend In The Game’

Paul is set to box Diaz more than decade after witnessing his first fight in 2011. The big-name boxing match will take place on August 5th in the ‘Lone Star State’ of Texas.

“So, obviously he’s a legend in the game and I’m excited to be fighting him 12 years later from the couch in Ohio to here in Dallas, Texas.”

Published on May 11, 2023 at 12:40 pm
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