After defeating Tony Ferguson by submission in September of last year, Nate Diaz left the UFC. Jake Paul, a former YouTuber turned boxer, has long been mentioned as a prospective opponent for Diaz, who is currently navigating the waters of free agency. Diaz’s likely next move would seem to be a switch to boxing.
Nevertheless, Diaz seems to rule out a fight with Paul in an interview with Elie Seckbach, saying that he wants to test himself against the best pound-for-pound boxers at the moment. A well-known boxing promoter named Eddie Hearn also revealed that he spoke with the Stockton native about a prospective matchup with Canelo Alvarez.
In a recent interview with InsideFighting, Alvarez said that while a boxing battle against Diaz is not in his immediate plans, it is still conceivable in the future:
“While we’ll never know, he’s not now in my [plans]. No, not now; I have objectives. Perhaps in the future, but not at this time.”
Canelo Alvarez just declared that his upcoming fight will take place in Jalisco, Mexico, in May. This is a part of the overall celebration of the 200th anniversary of the state of Jalisco. Canelo Alvarez released a video to Instagram with the governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro, announcing a fight for May, albeit neither the opponent nor the time of the fight were made public.
Shaquille O’Neal weighs in on a potential clash between Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez
One of the bravest fighters to ever enter the octagon is Nate Diaz. Diaz has a long history in grappling, having received a black belt in jiu-jitsu from the late Cesar Gracie. He has developed his boxing skills to add to his mixed martial arts toolbox.
He has done this through sparring with well-known boxers like Omar Henry and Andre Ward, gaining valuable ring experience. The Stockton native’s ascent to stardom as one of the sport’s biggest names has also given him opportunities outside of the UFC.