The weekend’s victory by Jake Paul against Anderson Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion and knockout artist, shocked many MMA and boxing purists. Paul’s professional record climbed to 6-0 with the victory over the 47-year-old icon, and he is now scheduled to meet another well-known MMA fighter.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Nate Diaz will be Paul’s next opponent. After being released from the UFC, Diaz has been promoting a bout with Paul (causing a fracas at the Paul vs. Silva event).
Diaz could make the most money of his career in a bout with Paul. One expert, however, cautions that the payoff might be accompanied with a harsh lesson.
Former UFC champion Michael Bisping destroyed Diaz’s hopes of defeating Jake Paul on his YouTube channel.
“While the majority of Nate Diaz’s fights happened at 155, he was a lightweight then he went up to welterweight, 170-pounds, and he went 5-5,” Bisping said.
“The only knockout that he got was against Rory Markham in 2010.
“Listen, with boxing gloves on, I don’t think it will be a good idea for Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz was a tremendous mixed martial artist. He beat some phenomenal people, had a tremendous career. He lost some fights and he won a lot of fights. The jiu-jitsu would be gone, the kicking game is gone, the general craftsmanship and the gameplans and the adversity of attacks, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, strangles, chokeholds, triangles, takedowns, you name it. That’s what Diaz could do. Those are the advantages he’d have over a Jake Paul.”
“If he was to fight Jake Paul and at that weight, 200 pounds or 196 pounds, whatever weight they want to come in at, I don’t think it would go very well for Nate Diaz,”
Bisping added. “However, I will say this, I think they would both make a lot of money.”