There has been a lot of talk about the boxing match between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz, and it seems that this saga could finally come to an end. In an interview with TheMacLife, Dana White confirmed that now is the right time for such a fight, but they are still trying to decide what to do with Nate Diaz, given that he has not won for 5 years.
I mean, I like Nate (but) let’s be honest, Nate’s won one fight in the last five or six years,” White said, as quoted by mmajunkie.
“You know? When these guys get into these positions, you’ve got guys that have been with us for a long time, that we respect, that we care about.
You know, you’ve got Cerrone and Anthony Pettis before he left, and you’ve got Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz is still under contract with us. So you want to be fair to everybody, you want to do the right things or whatever.
Nate Diaz isn’t going to come in and fight Kamaru Usman. “So listen, we’re trying to do the best we can. We’re trying not to sh*t on anybody and disrespect anybody, but it’s not like we’re talking about Kamaru Usman here.
We’re talking about Nate Diaz. Nate’s won one fight in five years, so we’re trying to figure this thing out with him. He probably should go on and fight Jake Paul. That’s a fight that makes sense”.
Nate Diaz is an interesting persona and it will be interesting to see if there will be a fight between him and Jake Paul. Dana White respects Diaz and all he has given to the UFC but still doesn’t know what the next option is for him.
“Dealing with Nate is always fun, exciting, and interesting, so we’ll see,” White said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do. “Listen, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see, lots of game playing and whatever.
Listen, contractually we’ve got to get him a fight. We’ll get him a fight”.
Jake Paul and Nate Diaz's reaction
Jake Paul immediately sent a message via Twitter and gave his conditions for the fight. “Dana – I’m happy to be Nate’s last fight in UFC,” Paul wrote on Twitter.
“You know the terms: pay fighters more and give them healthcare. Sweetener: I will fight for free”. Nate Diaz also decided to speak out and confirmed in a short message on Twitter that he was ready for the match. “Send the release,” Diaz wrote on Twitter.