Nate Diaz was involved in a backstage altercation with a member of Jake Paul’s crew, prior to the YouTuber-turned-boxer’s victory over Anderson Silva on Saturday night.
The MMA star appeared to slap a member of Paul’s entourage during an incident caught on camera that occurred between the two camps.
It’s unclear what sparked the altercation backstage, but it was quickly shut down after Diaz’s apparent slap in the face.
Paul continued his successful transition to boxing in the main event of the night, beating Silva, the 25-year-old’s sixth consecutive win. After the fight, in his press conference, he focused his attention on Diaz and the altercation with his team.
Diaz appears to slap Jake Paul’s crew member in a backstage altercation Saturday
The incident is quickly closed, and the staff ask Diaz to remove himself from the situation.
Jake said, ‘Nate Diaz was here acting like a bitch.
‘Everyone wants that fight. He tried to fight with the people in the hall.
‘Nate, stop fighting people for free, let’s do it in the ring, okay?
“I know you’re a little slow dude, but okay, we can make that fight happen.”
‘It’s typical of him, that’s what he likes to do, he’s a street gangster.
He likes to act tough and he really isn’t.
‘Why are you trying to hit someone in a hallway, brother?’
Nate Diaz was ringside for the fight and saw Jake Paul win over Anderson Silva.
After disposing of Silva, Paul has now challenged Diaz to a match, with the 37-year-old fighter now out of a contract with the UFC and having sparked a crossover into boxing.
Paul won a unanimous decision against Silva, punctuating the victory with his eighth-round knockdown, as he continues his quest for respect after beginning to take boxing seriously just three years ago.
“It’s surreal,” Paul added. ‘I don’t think it will hit me for a couple of weeks. I feel like I’m living in a movie. (Silva) was the one who told me that I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it. You couldn’t have written this in a story.
“I had to go in there and match her heart tonight,” Paul continued. ‘The heart I saw through the TV screen when I was a child.’
The entertaining fight lasted eight rounds and the final round was incredible, with Paul’s big right hand sending Silva to the canvas. Silva, 47, was able to continue and even landed a few shots at the last minute, but it was not enough to convince the judges.
Jake Paul dominated the match and kept his undefeated record standing at 6-0 thus far.
The YouTuber-turned-boxer dropped former MMA star Silva in the eighth round of the fight.
“That wasn’t even the biggest hit of the night,” Paul said. It was just the moment.
The fight developed slowly as Silva rarely threw punches in the first round, but the Brazilian landed some hard shots in the second round, dancing around the ring as he avoided Paul’s harder punches. Both fighters exchanged some taunts in the early rounds, but the bravado gave way to focus as both realized it was going to be a long fight.
Paul stood his ground through the middle rounds, with blood pouring from Silva’s nose, but was unable to land most of his powerful punches. That began to change in the later rounds as young Paul gained confidence and the punches began to connect.
Two judges scored the fight 78-73 while a third scored it 77-74.
“He took so many hard hits throughout the fight,” Paul said. The guy is a real dog. He sees what happens to everyone else who gets hit with it. He is the toughest guy in the world, but I loved him more.
The boxing crossovers continued to be a success with 14,000 fans attending the fight.
It was a show in front of more than 14,000 fans that mixed boxing and all kinds of celebrities, but the main attraction was Paul, 25, who has shown amazing ability in the ring. He’s also a master of self-promotion, riding his horse to open training on Wednesday and walking through the Desert Diamond Arena on Saturday with two people in giant Transformers-like suits trailing behind him.
Silva (3-2) was a fan favorite, receiving loud cheers as he entered the ring. He built his fame as a UFC star, but started out in boxing and returned to the sport in 2020.
“That’s the game,” Silva said. ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But nothing will change in my life. I will keep training hard because I was born for this.’