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Jake Paul vs Nate Diaz in 2022? Paul would 'love' to make it happen

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Credit: Showtime/Amanda Westcott

A matchup pitting Jake Paul vs Nate Diaz could be a possibility next year if the YouTuber turned boxing sensation gets his way.

Paul (4-0) has become a combat sports phenomenon. Sure, he is not viewed as an elite blue-chip boxing prospect, but there is no denying his world-class grasp of self-promotion and his ability to develop an audience. Traits that make superstar fighters in 2021, for better or worse. He is one of the most famous names in the industry right now and his influence is real.

Two years ago, the idea of Paul versus any name fighter in boxing or MMA would have been laughable, but as he's turned into a money-making and interest machine for Triller, and now Showtime, all things are now possible for the undefeated talent. So it came as no surprise that the Ohio native name-dropped UFC superstar Nate Diaz (20-13) during a media scrum after open workouts for his next foray into the boxing ring on Saturday night.

Could Jake Paul vs Nate Diaz happen next year?

Paul has been willing to name-drop any and all star fighters, over the last year. Including Jorge Masvidal and boxing megastar Canelo Alvarez. While those fights are unlikely for various reasons, the idea of a bout with Diaz is quite possible. Especially since Paul has made a name by scoring victories over stars from cage-fighting.

The 24-year-old knocked out former Bellator welterweight champion, and UFC vet, Ben Askren in April. Then scored a win over one-time UFC 170-pound king Tyron Woodley in August. And will look to do so again when the pair have their rematch on Dec. 18 in Tampa, Fla.

However, the most notable fact that makes this fight possible is that Diaz only has one bout left on his UFC contract, and is not expected to re-sign before testing his value on the open market. Both Askren and Woodley earned career-best paydays by fighting Paul, and Diaz -- a marketable star in his own right -- would surely bank big bucks by making his professional boxing debut against Paul. The two have also traded barbs on social media over the last year as well. Building an early interest in the fight.

Paul first needs to beat Woodley on Saturday, and Diaz has to finish out his run in the Octagon, but if everything goes to plan "The Problem Child" hopes to make a "massive" fight with Diaz happen in the near future.

“Look, there’s a lot of sh*t talk going back and forth, and I would love to make that fight happen if it’s even possible,” Paul told reporters on Wednesday at his open workout. “I know he’s with the UFC, so whatever happens will happen. But that’s a massive fight, and I think the people need to see that one. I’ve got to get through Tyron, maybe Tommy [Fury]. Who knows? Maybe Nate Diaz, maybe Conor McGregor. The road path is massive right now.”

Diaz has not competed since a five-round decision loss to top-three welterweight Leon Edwards in June. He has lost three of his last four bouts inside the Octagon.

Is a Paul vs Diaz boxing scrap something you hope to see next year?