In an unexpected twist, Jake Paul has agreed to face Nate Diaz for a second time, but not in a boxing ring. Most Valuable Promotions, Paul’s promotional company, revealed that the PFL has extended an offer for an MMA rematch between Paul and Diaz in the cage, a proposition that Paul has gladly accepted.
“To clarify: Jake Paul will not be engaging in a boxing rematch with Nate Diaz,” the announcement stated. “Nate Diaz and Jake Paul have both received an offer from @PFLMMA to compete in MMA in the SmartCage. Jake Paul has officially accepted the offer.”
This news follows the recent announcement that Paul will be making his return to the boxing ring on December 15. This upcoming fight will be his first since defeating Diaz in a lopsided decision in August, where Paul secured a knockdown and triumphed on the scorecards with scores of 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92, improving his professional boxing record to 7-1.
After news of Paul’s boxing return, Diaz took to Twitter to suggest that he had secured a rematch. However, it now appears that if the rematch does happen, it will take place in the MMA cage.
Earlier this year, Paul signed a multifight, multiyear contract with the PFL, with plans for his MMA debut anticipated to be in 2024 after sufficient training. Additionally, Paul expressed his desire to face the former UFC superstar in both boxing and MMA leading up to his boxing match against Diaz.
At this point, it remains uncertain whether Diaz has accepted the fight and there is no confirmed date or location for this MMA showdown.