Midnight Mania! Unlike ‘average’ MMA fighters, Nate Diaz knows how to box and can handle Jake Paul

Midnight Mania! Unlike ‘average’ MMA fighters, Nate Diaz knows how to box and can handle Jake Paul

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Thus far, there’s been a pattern to Jake Paul’s career. Four of his six victories come against MMA fighters, specifically older and smaller fighters. He branched from his comfort zone last time out when he faced Tommy Fury, a young man like himself who actually had a decent amount of professional boxing experience.

Paul came up short, looking limp in a decision loss. As a result, he’s back to the previously established pattern, as he’s going to challenge career Lightweight and 38-year-old veteran Nate Diaz this weekend (Sat. Aug. 5, 2023) in Dallas, Texas, which will stream live on DAZN pay-per-view (PPV). On paper, it seems to line Paul up for another big win, as Diaz fits the criteria for his other victims. There’s a reason why Diaz is such a big underdog!

Diaz, however, sees things differently. He understands that Paul is taking advantage of MMA fighter’s inexperience in the ring, but he doesn’t have the typical background of other fighters. Instead, Diaz believes his years and years of sparring in the boxing ring will carry over effectively.

“The thing about him is he knows that MMA fighters can’t box and that they’re in over their head trying to box because he went over and worked a bunch over in training and now in fights also,” Diaz explained to DAZN (via BJPenn.com). “MMA fighters don’t know this, but the only thing about that is that I’m in on the same secret. I’ve been in on that since I was 15. I’m not your average wrestler, MMA fighter.

“I didn’t wrestle. When these guys he fought were in the wrestling room at five- and six- and seven-, 10- and 15-years-old, I was boxing the whole neighborhood, boxing every pro I could find. Boxing the highest level I could find, my whole career,” Diaz concluded.

There’s some real truth to Diaz’s statement. For example, how many MMA fighters can say they were sparring with Olympian Andre Ward back in 2016? Diaz and his camp have routinely crossed paths with top boxers. That experience is reflected in his fighting style, which clearly has more boxing influence than most fighters.

We’ll find out in just a few more days if that’s enough to handle Paul at this stage of his career.


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