Ex-UFC superstar Nate Diaz has dropped a teaser for where he might be heading next. With Jake Paul recently knocking on his door, many can’t help but feel that Nate’s timing is interesting.
Previously, Diaz finished his UFC contract at UFC 279, solidifying his legacy as one of the best. Although he was initially meant to fight Khamzat Chimaev, the latter’s weight-cut issues saw him being replaced by Tony Ferguson.
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 5, 2023
In a memorable last fight, The Stockton slugger won the fight against Tony Ferguson in the fourth round via guillotine choke. Since then Nate has been free to negotiate with other promotions, and the Japanese promotion, RIZIN seems to be a potential destination after the latest post on his Twitter account.
As we mentioned before, many have pointed out how Nate’s timing is a little convenient. Recently, Jake Paul announced that he has signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), where he will make his MMA debut. Unsurprisingly, Nate Diaz was the first name that Jake called for.
However, Nate is now hinting that he’s heading to RIZIN in Japan. The Problem Child will have to look elsewhere as a result. Reportedly, Jake has already turned his attention to Mike Perry in a social media post. Although many feel that he is surely headed to RIZIN, there is a possibility that Diaz might simply be trolling Jake.
Has Nate Diaz already fought in a Japanese MMA promotion?
Nate’s older brother, the legendary Nick Diaz fought once for PRIDE Fighting Championship in Feb. 2007. In an instant classic, Nick took down Lightweight legend, Takanori Gomi, via first-round submission.
Although many would’ve deemed the idea of Nate going to RIZIN a bit bizarre, that is simply not the case. For one, RIZIN is growing exponentially on the global stage with successful business ventures with Bellator, Floyd Mayweather, and even Manny Pacquiao in the near future.
According to MMA Mania, RIZIN has also previously expressed their interest in setting up a Mayweather vs Diaz boxing fight. “RIZIN is definitely interested and has already spoken to Nate’s manager, following his free agency and specific numbers have been brought up,” the promotion clarified.
With Scott Coker and Bellator also trying their hardest to bring in Nate, the next few months will be instrumental. Currently, there are no confirmations of Nate’s move to Japan and as such, things are very much in the air.
Do you think Nate Diaz has actually signed for RIZIN? Do you think he’s avoiding Jake Paul? Leave us your thoughts on Nate’s next destination in the comments below.