Jake Paul is relentlessly pursuing an opportunity to step into the realm of mixed martial arts by competing against MMA icon Nate Diaz.
During an engaging conversation with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Jake Paul delved into various aspects concerning his boxing endeavors and his upcoming yet unscheduled venture into MMA.
Helwani referred to a recent post featuring Jake Paul sporting PFL shorts and gloves. He inquired about the motive behind this, asking: “What was that for?”
Paul replied by saying: “To make sure that my headshots and we have some videos ready in case an opponent comes out of nowhere. We want to make an MMA fight happen quickly. I think that’s the biggest thing with me going over to MMA, just the opponent has to make a ton of sense. It has to be a big name but at the same time it has to be a fight where I think it’s 50-50.”
He further elaborated on his wish to face off against the MMA veteran:
“Nate Diaz is the perfect person for that because I genuinely wholeheartedly in the bottom of my heart know that I could beat him. But I also know it’s going to be a challenge and that I’d have to really, really, really work for it. But that’s what that’s what excites me, like I said is always going into these fights with it being a 50-50% chance of outcome.”
Presently boasting a professional boxing record of 7-1, Jake Paul started his journey with a successful amateur debut in the sport.
This former YouTube icon has secured victories against notable adversaries such as Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva.
His sole setback as a professional boxer materialized through a split-decision defeat to Tommy Fury in February of this year. However, he swiftly bounced back to claim a unanimous decision win over Nate Diaz in a ten-round bout held in August.
Set for December 15th, Jake Paul’s next challenge will take place at the end of this year against Andre August. He currently has a record of 10-1-1 and stands as the most seasoned boxer that Paul will face to date.