Jake Paul has signed a contract with MMA promotion Professional Fighters League (PFL) and has offered Nate Diaz a big two-fight deal.
The 25-year-old is 6-0 in boxing since making his professional debut in January 2020, beating the likes of Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva.
And 'The Problem Child' will now make his MMA debut with PFL in 2023, having penned a multi-fight deal with the organisation and will compete in a new division, known as Super Fight.
Speaking in a video posted on social media, he said: "This is about changing MMA, disrupting, innovating, and creating the next big league.
"I’ve already disrupted boxing, and now it’s time to disrupt MMA. I know this is such a tough sport, and it’s not going to be easy, but if I could do it in boxing, I could do it in MMA."
The deal includes a boxing match, then six months later an MMA fight in the PFL.
Paul has relentlessly called out the Stockton slugger, with talks intensifying after the 37-year-old's UFC contract expired following his win over Tony Ferguson last year.
Diaz is free to take on Paul, but former UFC champion Michael Bisping doesn't think boxing him is a good idea.
"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," he explained. "The jiu-jitsu would be gone, the kicking game is gone, the general craftsmanship and the game plans 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 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, but I think they would both make a lot of money."
Paul vs. Diaz in 2023? Watch this space.
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