Jake Paul vs Nate Diaz was arguably one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and it lived up to the hype. There were many of the opinion that Nate Diaz wouldn’t be able to go the distance against Paul. But in true Nate Diaz fashion, he proved all of them wrong and fought a stellar 10 rounds against an opponent 12 years younger than him.
The feat was even more impressive, considering it was Diaz’s debut boxing match. One person who was equally impressed by the performance was UFC President Dana White. He showered the former UFC lightweight fighter with praise and mentioned that the UFC will always be Diaz’s home.
He further declared, “So far, he’s (Diaz) fared the best out of everybody,” claiming that Diaz did better than all of former Jake Paul’s opponents, including Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva.
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Many would agree, as Paul knocked out Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren previously, and had a dominating win against Anderson Silva. Moreover, Diaz was able to win the later rounds of the fight, owing to his endurance and stamina. He used this to his advantage from a strategic point of view, because previously the fight was scheduled for eight rounds. Diaz and his camp demanded a change and made it into a ten-round bout.
Dana White keeps the door open for Nate Diaz’s UFC return
After all that praise and having mentioned that Diaz started his journey in the UFC with The Ultimate Fighter, White vaguely said he might consider a comeback for the Stockton native. He said, “I don’t know about fighting in the future, but this will always be his house. We’ll see.” Although not a guarantee, it looks like White may at least consider bringing Nate back to the UFC, especially after that performance.
Diaz might also relish the chance of completing the trilogy against Conor McGregor. At the moment, they both are tied at 1-1, and a final fight will give the fans what they’ve been asking for. Additionally, White also knows that a fight between these two superstars is going to be a blockbuster of an event. Hence, he might be keen to make it happen in the future, when both are available to slog it out in the octagon.
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Moreover, when Ariel Helwani inquired about the possibility of his next fight in the MMA, Diaz had this to say, “Yeah, probably.” Diaz answered “I’m not thinking past this, right now I said I’ll get that done and then know what I wanna do. I have ideas…It’s probably either be back in the UFC, or do something like this in an MMA style.”
What are your thoughts on this? Would you want to see Diaz back in the octagon? Let us know.