UFC commentator Daniel Cormier doesn’t like Nate Diaz’s chances against Jake Paul.
Earlier this week, Diaz announced that he would be fighting the Youtuber turned boxer
“Besides Canelo he’s the biggest thang in boxing. I’m here to conquer that. I’m the King of combatsports
and then I’m headed back to get my UFC belts,” said Diaz. “I f***ed up Conor for acting out and now
here I am again, like a Super Hero of the Real Fight game, the King of the Real Fight game.”
On his Youtube Podcast Cormier spoke about how he didn’t like the matchup for Diaz considering how big Paul is in size.
“I don’t know how much I like it. I don’t know how much I like the fight, based on two things. Jake’s big for him, Jake’s gonna be big for Diaz. And Jake also is improving as a boxer, but Jake can also hit Nate. And that’s the worry.
“Nate is a guy that does get hit, because Nate’s tough. Nate got hit by Masvidal, Nate got hit by Tony Ferguson. And we know who Tony Ferguson is today opposed to who Tony Ferguson was before. Nate can be hit. And this guy’s gonna be bigger than Nate, this guy’s gonna be fighting in a ruleset that benefits him. This guy is going to be difficult. It’s going to be a very tough fight for Diaz, just because he has to be so aware.”
Cormier does think Nate can win the fight if he can keep up a high pace.
“Nate Diaz doesn’t get tired. So if Nate’s gonna have an opportunity to win this fight, Nate has gotta set a high pace early and he’s gotta keep that pace going the entirety of the fight. And he has got to stay away from the right hand. Am I comfortable making a prediction on this fight? I don’t know.
“But if I’m having to guess, seeing ‘em both recently. I feel like the bigger, younger guy is generally who you would go with. And the bigger, younger, fresher guy is Paul. Paul has not been through the wars with Conor McGregor. Paul has not been through the wars of being in UFC championship fights with the best fighters in the world. He’s fresh, his toughest fight was against Tommy Fury. And he’s bigger. That is what I think may ultimately be one of the biggest issues that my boy Nate has to deal with when it comes to that fight. But if anyone can upset the apple cart, it’s Nate Diaz.”