Jake Paul appears to have accepted an offer to face Nate Diaz once again, but this time it won’t be inside the boxing ring. After suffering a loss to Tommy Fury in February and rebounding with a boxing win against Diaz, Jake Paul seems eager to explore the world of mixed martial arts.
In August 2023, Jake Paul claimed a unanimous decision victory over former UFC star Nate Diaz, reigniting his boxing career. The victory raised questions about his future in boxing, as he had also signed an MMA contract with the PFL.
Paul’s proposal of a boxing rematch with Diaz was met with a twist. He offered Diaz a rematch, but this time it had to be in the MMA cage of the PFL, an organization Diaz was reluctant to fight for. Diaz has expressed his desire to return to the UFC instead.
However, the rumors of a second clash between the two fighters have persisted, and it appears that the PFL has now officially made an offer to both Paul and Diaz.
Jake’s MVP brand clarified the situation by stating, “For the record: Jake Paul will not be boxing Nate Diaz again. Nate Diaz and Jake Paul have received an offer from @PFLMMA to rematch in MMA in the SmartCage. Jake Paul has accepted the offer.”
Diaz was previously adamant that he won’t be competing under the PFL banner, and instead offered for the MMA clash to be co promoted by Paul’s and his respective promotions (similar to how they structured the boxing deal).
Jake previously extended a two-bout proposal to Nate: the first one to unfold within the boxing ring and the subsequent encounter inside the MMA cage. Nate consented under the provision that the bout would not take place under the PFL banner
This revelation emerged during Jake’s interviewon September 5. He voiced his disappointment, remarking: “We’re at the drawing board right now. Nate Diaz ducked the $10 million offer, so he’s not the badass that everyone said he was.”
He continued: “I wanted to fight him in MMA and do something that no boxer has really ever done, which is, in the prime of their career, go over to MMA. MMA fighters have gone over to boxing, but I want to go over to MMA and Nate Diaz ducked the offer.”