Dana White on Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz: ‘It’s just not what I’m into. It’s not my thing’

Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz is a hard sell for Dana White.

Diaz amicably parted ways with the UFC after he fought out his contract and already has been booked for his first post-octagon fight. Diaz (0-0) meets Paul (6-1) in an eight-round boxing match Aug. 5 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The fight will take place at 185 pounds and be promoted by DAZN with a live pay-per-view broadcast.

White said he respects Diaz, but criticized Paul for going back to facing older MMA fighters after he suffered his first-career loss to Tommy Fury in February.

“I don’t know, man,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “I’ve been trying not to (criticize it). I like Nate. Nate and I have a good relationship. It’s just, listen: Jake Paul went out and fought a real boxer who was his age, his weight, and he lost. So as soon as he loses, he goes back to a 40-year-old MMA fighter who’s smaller than him (and) not his weight. Listen, it’s just one of those fights that  – I know that some people are into this. It’s just not what I’m into. It’s not my thing.”


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Prior to his loss to Fury, Paul’s resume included wins over ex-ONE Championship and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley twice, and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

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