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Nate Diaz backed to earn career-high purse in third Conor McGregor fight

The former world title contender has been advised by an old rival to first take on Jake Paul before moving on to face McGregor without the UFC involved to make a career-high payday

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Nate Diaz has been backed to first fight Jake Paul, before moving on to a career-high payday against Conor McGregor.

The Californian fighter has just one fight left on his UFC deal, and is not necessarily expected to re-sign when it is up.

And his old rival Josh Thomson, who is the only fighter to knock Diaz out in his 36-fight career, has said that he should take on Paul for a massive payday before eventually making the trilogy with McGregor.

The Irishman is locked into a long-term, very favourable, contract with the promotion, so Diaz would likely need to beat Paul and attract a lot of eyes to the pay-per-view to make a third bout with the Irishman attractive to UFC bosses.

It appears increasingly unlikely that Diaz will get a chance to fight McGregor again on his current contract, so he would likely need to either re-sign or build his worth outside the cage to earn a trilogy with the Irishman.



Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor had a legendary set of bouts in 2016
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“He’s leaving the UFC, he’s fighting Jake Paul,” Thomson said on his podcast Weighing In with legendary referee John McCarthy.

“This is his last fight, he’s not fighting in the UFC anymore. He’s going to leave and he’s going to fight Jake Paul.

“He’s just trying to get a fight to get out the door, he’s done with MMA. He knows that fight is going to make him double than he’d make [against McGregor].

“Conor’s not that draw anymore that he once was. Conor can’t get out of his contract, he’s on an eight or ten fight deal I believe. So he’s stuck with the UFC forever.

“Speaking from a Nate point of view, I think Nate’s going to leave and end up fighting Jake Paul in boxing.”

And Thomson believes the only way Diaz could get himself a trilogy with McGregor is beating Paul and becoming undeniable to UFC president Dana White.

It appears that his final fight with the UFC will come against either Vicente Luque or Tony Ferguson, before he leaves the promotion to test free agency in either boxing or MMA.

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And Thomson believes he could earn massive money to fight Paul, before perhaps enticing the UFC into allowing McGregor to have one more crack at his old rival.

“I know he can make any more from between $10 to $15 million to do that one fight versus him having to fight Conor and make $2 million, maybe $4 million,” Thomson added.

“Why? When he can fight one time in boxing against somebody who he’s got a lot more experience against and against somebody his brother knows.

“If Nate goes and beats Jake Paul, then I can see Dana saying ‘ok let’s fight Nate in boxing’. I couldn’t see him doing it before, he has to beat Jake Paul first.

“If he beats Jake Paul I can see him riding Conor in to be like ‘Nate and [Conor] in boxing makes sense’.

“It’s a trilogy fight but not a trilogy fight because it’s in boxing not in MMA.”


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