UFC veteran Nate Diaz has definitively dismissed the possibility of a rematch with former opponent Jake Paul. This decision comes in the wake of their professional boxing match in August, where Diaz suffered a unanimous decision loss to Paul in Texas.
Despite reports of a lucrative offer from the PFL, Diaz firmly stated that he has no intention of transitioning to what he described as the “minor leagues.”
Diaz is a former undisputed lightweight title challenger and welterweight contender in the UFC, who ventured into professional boxing for the first time this year. His debut in the squared circle against Paul ended in a loss.
In November of the previous year, Diaz officially parted ways with the UFC after a main event bout in September. The match was an impromptu welterweight clash against Tony Ferguson and ended with Diaz securing a fourth-round guillotine win.
Reports last month suggested that Paul was lined up for a return to professional boxing in December, which would be a rematch with Diaz. But it has now been revealed that Paul will not be facing Diaz in the ring. Instead, the PFL extended an offer to both competitors for a clash in mixed martial arts.
Responding to PFL boss Donn Davis’s comments about Diaz potentially passing up a $15,000,000 payday, Diaz stood firm in his decision. He stated that he has no interest in considering a move to the North American-based promotion, viewing it as a “back track” in his career.
Diaz stated: “I’m good I’d rather fight real fighters. And never back track to the minor leagues p*ssyFL. Fight urself dipsh*t.”
Diaz has been in the combat sports world for a long time. He made his MMA debut in 2004. Diaz joined the UFC in 2007 after competing for the WEC and Strikeforce. He competed in 27 bouts with the UFC and has a record of 16-11.