Although the combat sports world speculated that Diaz would fight the “problem child”, the popular athlete remained silent on the matter. However, Diaz recently spoke with “ID box” shared Paul’s passion for boxing.
Paul (5-0) is scheduled to fight the former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva On October 23. The eight-round 187-pound professional boxing match will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.
Diaz said that with the matchup, Paul is doing “big things” and is “looking forward” to the fight. And when all is said and done, the problem child will clearly enter Diaz’s playoffs.
“(Jake Paul) is definitely one of the options,” Diaz said (h/t MMA Junkie). “He’s doing great. He is doing great things. He has a big fight ahead of him. If he wins that, I’m sure people will be impressed with him. And if Anderson[Silva]does his thing against him, that would be amazing. Now we have a fight over his hand. I look forward to it.”
Then Diaz was asked for the prediction of the war. “Fifty-fifty,” said Diaz. “I don’t know. We’ll see what happens,” he said.
Diaz says he has been boxing for 20 years, to ‘take’ the boxing match at the ‘right’ time.
The 37-year-old fighter said during the interview that he has been designing boxing gloves for 20 years. His original plan was to become a boxer, but with more opportunities available in mixed martial arts, Diaz focused on that sport instead, which “stuck.”
Diaz says he will step into the boxing ring when the “right” opportunity arises.
“I started fighting since I was 17 or 18 years old, I was boxing with my boxing coach,” Diaz said. “There were boxers in my gym, and I was going to box at first, but there were a lot of MMA shows in my area, and they were happening, so I got stuck into MMA. I’ve been stuck in one house all this time with contracts and stuff. Now everything is open for the taking. After I started fighting, I never stopped training for boxing. When the right opponent or the right thing comes along, we take it.
Diaz says he’s leaving the UFC to ‘take on another career’, he wants to return to the UFC to win a championship
Diaz took on Tony Ferguson and him at UFC 279 on September 10. He won the fight Guillotine choke in the fourth round. The game was the last of his contract.
And speaking with the UFC color analyst Joe Rogan In the Octagon, he stated that he has no plans to re-sign with the organization.
Instead, Diaz said he wants to move to another combat sport and “catch up.” But he left the door open for a future return, expressing his desire to get a UFC championship.
“At the end of the day, I love the UFC,” Diaz said. “Shout out to Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Hunter Campbell for giving the odds, the stage the whole time.”
“Right now, I feel like I’ve had the longest career in the UFC and I feel like I’ve had the most successful career,” Diaz continued. “I’ve outlasted everybody. I’ve outlived everybody. And I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to dominate and own another sport. How to do it because Conor McGregor doesn’t know how to do it. And none of these fighters. They don’t know how to do it. So, I’m going to go out there, take on another profession and become the best at it.
“Show everybody that I’m the best at it and then I’m right to come back here and get the motherfucker *** UFC title. Best title in the world.