Jake Paul recorded an important win of his career on August 5th in Dallas when he beat experienced MMA fighter Nate Diaz in a boxing match by unanimous decision. This takes the influencer’s boxing record to 7-1, a record he will hope to keep building upon and improving. Critics were quick to level the same criticisms that have plagued Paul’s boxing career - that he cherry picks his fights against washed up older MMA fighters and makes them compete in boxing - a sport they often have very little experience in, and then beats them because of his youth and superior boxing experience.
But this time, Jake has offered to fight Nate Diaz again, and in a sport he is more familiar with. Paul wants to run it back with Diaz in MMA, not boxing, and will hope to shut up his critics once and for all if he is to beat an MMA legend in his own sport. It certainly doesn’t reflect well on Jake Paul that, in his only fight against someone who is a career boxer in Tommy Fury, he suffered his first loss. Critics and haters of Paul say that he has basically lost every fight against an actual boxer, but Jake wants to set things right.
At the American Airlines center the crowd was overwhelmingly supporting Nate Diaz. The extent of their dislike for Paul was showcased when they cheered loudly whenever Paul was hit by Diaz in the later rounds and also when they booed Paul for almost the entirety of his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani. Paul stated that he wanted to fight Diaz again, but in MMA, where the fighter is considerably more skilled and can rely on his experience to carry him.
Jake said, “I want $10 million. PFL, that's the offer. Let's run it back in MMA. Make it fair. I won one, now it's your chance in your home territory. MMA let's do it."
Paul open to fighting other MMA artists, rematch with T ommy Fury
While he singled out Diaz, Jake Paul kept his options open for a potential MMA bout. He has given Diaz the first choice to fight him in MMA but after signing with the Professional Fighters League (an MMA promotion) earlier this year, he has a variety of options available. Paul confirmed to ESPN he would be making his MMA debut sometime in late 2023.
Another fight he is open to is a rematch against Tommy Fury, who beat him by split decision and handed him his first career loss earlier this year.