Morning Report: Michael Bisping: Boxing match with Jake Paul doesn’t ‘go too well’ for Nate Diaz

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Nate Diaz finds himself comfortably centered in Jake Paul’s crosshairs following the recent big win for ‘The Problem Child’.

It’s nothing new for MMA veterans or retirees to be targeted by Paul, and Michael Bisping is no different. During a brief stint, the two joked with “The Count”, even sharing that some negotiations had been presented in his direction. Obviously, nothing materialized and Paul has since defeated fellow former UFC champions Bisping, Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva.

Paul got a unanimous decision over Silva last weekend, leading many to believe he was on course to face the aforementioned Diaz who was in attendance for the fight. Bisping, however, isn’t so sure that’s a good idea for the Stockton, Calif. native.

“While the majority of Nate Diaz’s fights have been at 155, he was a lightweight then he moved up to welterweight, 170 pounds, and he went 5-5,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “The only knockout he got was against Rory Markham in 2010.

“Look, with boxing gloves, I don’t think that’s going to be a good idea for Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz was a formidable mixed martial artist. He beat phenomenal people, had an amazing career. He lost a few fights and he won a lot. Jiu-Jitsu would be gone, kicking game would be gone, general skill and game plans and adversity of attacks, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, chokes, chokes, triangles, takedowns, etc. That’s what Diaz could do. These are the advantages he would have over a Jake Paul.

Diaz is officially free from the UFC where he has spent the past 15 years as a competitor. The former lightweight title challenger fought for his contract at UFC 279 last September, earning a fourth-round guillotine submission victory over Tony Ferguson.

Against Ferguson, Diaz again competed at 170 pounds, but never fought higher than that in his professional combat sports career. Either way, the option is easily there for Diaz to go along with Paul. At the same time, he didn’t completely shut the door on a return to the UFC upon his exit.

“If he were to fight Jake Paul and at that weight, 200 pounds or 196 pounds, whatever weight they want to get to, I don’t think it would go very well for Nate Diaz,” Bisping said. “However, I will say this, I think they would both make a lot of money.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC came back and offered Diaz a mega contract to get that third fight with [Conor] McGregor because come on, everyone wants to see this.

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I mean, it’s the same song and dance over and over until Jake punches a boxer. That won’t stop people from continuing to watch, though.

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