Nate Diaz offered stunning £12.3MILLION for Jake Paul rematch in MMA but UFC legend 'hiding behind a rock' | The SunNovember 1, 2023
NATE DIAZ has been offered £12.3MILLION to rematch Jake Paul in MMA – but he is "hiding behind a rock".
Paul, 26, beat the ex-UFC star in his boxing return over ten rounds in August and immediately called out Diaz, 38, to fight in the cage.
The YouTuber-turned prizefighter signed with the Professional Fighters League this year with his MMA debut set for 2024.
And PFL owner Donn Davis laid out a challenge to Diaz as Paul searches for his first opponent in the cage.
Davis said on The MMA Hour: “If we could ever put together Jake versus Nate, if Nate would stop weaseling out and complaining about that MMA fight with Jake.
“I respect Nate, he’s the people’s champ, he’s a man’s man, he’s stand up as all stand up.
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“But, he said, ‘I’ll do it in the PFL SmartCage two minutes after the [Paul boxing fight], he’s got a standing offer of between $10 and $15 million (£8.2m and £12.5m), and he’s hiding behind a rock.
“Ten-15 million, biggest payday of his life. He gets beat by Jake and he’s hiding behind a rock.”
Diaz is yet to confirm his fighting future having walked out on the UFC to pursue his boxing bout with Paul.
Paul meanwhile returns to the ring on December 15 and teased that it would be against a professional boxer.
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And his business partner Nikisa Bidarian revealed Paul was due to face a 7-1 opponent until the visa issue struck.
Bidarian said: “Just regarding Friday, December 15, there was a plan to announce Jake Paul's opponent for that evening.
“Unfortunately, the opponent, which was a 7-1 boxer, has not been able to obtain a visa to come to the US.
"So we're currently reviewing alternative options for his opponent, but the plan is to try to announce it within the next two weeks.”
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