The Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz rivalry continues after their boxing match. Will there be a rematch in MMA? Read about the potential future of this intense rivalry.
The highly anticipated boxing match between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz ended with a unanimous decision win for Paul. However, the rivalry between the two fighters is far from over. While it may not continue inside the ring, there are talks of a potential rematch in a different combat sport.
Diaz’s Change of Heart
Prior to the boxing match, Diaz had been non-committal about fighting Paul in an MMA bout. He viewed Paul as an amateur when it comes to real fighting and wasn’t interested in facing him in the cage. However, Diaz’s tune changed after the loss to Paul. In an interview with ESPN, Diaz expressed his desire for a rematch and stated that he would be open to facing Paul in MMA if it couldn’t happen in boxing.
The Storyline and Obstacles
Part of the storyline leading up to the fight was Diaz’s belief that Paul wouldn’t be a factor in a "real fight." Diaz even demonstrated his skills by putting Paul in a guillotine choke during the boxing match. This added to the intrigue of a potential MMA showdown between the two fighters.
However, there are obstacles in the way of this fight happening. Paul’s promotion company, Real Fight Inc., would need to be a co-promoter of the event. Diaz, on the other hand, is not interested in signing with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and still has aspirations of returning to the UFC. Negotiations would need to take place to make this fight a reality.
The Market for an MMA Fight
Despite the mixed opinions on Jake Paul’s boxing career, there is still a market for an MMA fight between him and Diaz. Many fans, especially those in the MMA community, are eager to see Paul face a skilled MMA fighter in their own domain. Paul has already defeated UFC legend Anderson Silva, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren in boxing.
While Paul’s lone boxing loss to Tommy Fury was a decision defeat, he showed resilience and even scored a knockdown. This has only fueled the desire of MMA fans and Paul’s detractors to see him face a true MMA fighter and potentially get knocked out or submitted.
The Clash of Generations
The rivalry between Paul and Diaz extends beyond the world of combat sports. Diaz sees himself as an old-school martial artist battling against influencer culture. He believes that Paul and other influencers are teaching the wrong values to young people. This clash of generations and philosophies adds another layer of intrigue to their potential rematch.
The Future of the Rivalry
It’s clear that the Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz rivalry is far from over. While the rematch may not happen in boxing, there is still a possibility of it taking place in MMA. Fans will have to wait and see if the negotiations and circumstances align for this highly anticipated showdown to become a reality.
|Jake Paul def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision|
Note: This article is purely speculative and based on the current situation and statements made by the fighters. Negotiations and official announcements would need to be made for any rematch to occur.