On Saturday, Nate Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson by submission in the fourth round of the fight, and the two were paired literally a day earlier after Khamzat Chimaev fell on the scale. So everyone was satisfied, starting from the UFC, through the fighters, and all the way to the fans.
Chimaev and Diaz came out of the cage as winners on Saturday, which would not have been the case if they had fought each other. Many fans were relieved when their match between them was canceled, and probably even more relieved when they saw what Chimaev did to Holland.
But none other than Jake Paul has a different opinion. He believes that Diaz would beat Chimaev, and on his Twitter profile he wrote: "Nate Diaz is a muthuf**kin legend and would have slapped the sh*t out of Khamzat" For some time now, there have been rumors that Paul and Diaz should meet in the boxing ring, but until now it was not possible due to Diaz's contract and obligations to the UFC.
Given that both are interested in it, they could very likely watch that showdown soon. "I'm interested in anything," Diaz responded when asked about a showdown with Paul during an interview on the MMA Hour. "I'm interested in activity and if I get out and he is the first guy to step up then I am fighting him.
I want to fight some of the best boxers and some s*** like that, yeah I'll fight everybody and anybody that you can think of. Anyone who wants to fight I am going to fight, anyone who is talking some s*** like Jake Paul.
For some reason people put him with my a** and it isn't for no reason because he is f****** doing his thing. He's saying he will whip everybody's a** but that's what I have had in the past and I'm here like 'you are not whipping my a**."
Jake praised Diaz’s determination to leave the UFC and pursue his dreams.
“This is how you leave an employer and become your own boss”. – Jake Paul tweeted with a photo of the moment when Nate submitted Ferguson.
As for Paul, his next opponent will be the legendary Anderson Silva at the end of the tenth month, and it will also be the most difficult task he has faced in the ring. Win or lose, he pointed out that he wants to get in the ring with Diaz as soon as possible.
Although it is still not official, given the whole story with the UFC, Diaz will most likely choose another path and not renew his contract with them. He also mentioned a trilogy with McGregor, but it is not known where or when, and it will be especially difficult if he leaves the UFC.