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Jake Paul Open to MMA Debut Against Conor McGregor After Nate Diaz Fight

Jake Paul expresses his desire for an MMA debut against Conor McGregor after facing Nate Diaz in a boxing match. Read about Paul’s plans and McGregor’s potential return to the UFC.

Key Points
Jake Paul plans to take on Conor McGregor after fighting Nate Diaz in August.
Paul is open to having the McGregor matchup serve as his MMA debut.
He is scheduled to box Diaz on August 5.
Paul has signed a deal with the PFL and intends to make his MMA debut in the future.
McGregor’s return to the UFC remains uncertain.

Jake Paul already has plans to take on Conor McGregor after meeting Nate Diaz in August, and “The Problem Child” also claims that he’s open to having that matchup serve as his MMA debut.

The 26-year-old is scheduled to welcome former UFC title challenger Diaz to the boxing ring on August 5, when Paul will look to rebound from suffering the first loss of his career against Tommy Fury earlier this year.

“The Problem Child” has had plenty of success boxing against former MMA fighters, but he’s also signed a deal with the PFL and has indicated he plans to make his MMA debut at some point in the future. Speaking to talkSPORT, Paul said he’d love to take on McGregor in the cage after he boxes Diaz.

“When I knock out Nate Diaz , I think that Conor McGregor’s going to see me, want a payday and come and get knocked out,” Paul said. “We can fight in the PFL SmartCage, whatever it is. I told everybody I would fight Conor in any form of fight. Because, in my opinion, he is that shot.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Paul has done well for himself as a boxer but would certainly be setting himself up for a difficult MMA debut against a former two-division UFC champion in McGregor. However, the 26-year-old also went on to claim that he doesn’t expect making the jump to MMA will be especially hard for him.

Paul has already spent some time training with UFC middleweight Bo Nickal ahead of a planned move to MMA, but it seems likely that his dismissive comments about the difficulty of learning jiu-jitsu and kicks might be a tactic meant to increase the chances of a matchup with McGregor.

Fight fans would no doubt tune in to see a matchup between the two unique personalities, but it’s currently unclear whether or not “The Notorious” is even willing to step back into the UFC’s Octagon.

McGregor has seemingly staunchly avoided returning to the USADA testing pool after suffering a broken leg in his last fight against Dustin Poirier, which has apparently eliminated the chances of him returning to fight this year barring a UFC exemption, and thrown a matchup with his opposing The Ultimate Fighter coach Michael Chandler in serious doubt.


In conclusion, Jake Paul is eyeing a potential MMA debut against Conor McGregor after his upcoming boxing match with Nate Diaz . Despite the challenges that lie ahead, Paul is confident in his abilities to transition to MMA. McGregor’s willingness to return to the Octagon remains uncertain, but if the matchup were to happen, it would undoubtedly attract a massive audience.