Jake Paul plans to use Nate Diaz to secure Conor McGregor fight
Jake Paul has vowed to "obliterate" Nate Diaz in order to tempt Conor McGregor into a fight.
The YouTube star has amassed a boxing record of 3-0 following wins over a fellow social media star, a former NBA player and former MMA wrestler Ben Askren.
He plans to fight again this year and intends to take on another UFC star with Diaz, McGregor and Tyron Woodley in his sights.
But Diaz, who remains under contract with the promotion and who takes on Leon Edwards next month, is in pole position.
"I think people will immediately write me off but they're going to tune into watch," Paul told ESPN.
"It's two massive names and it's a massive pay-per-view. When people see me obliterate him, their jaws are going to drop, they're not going to know how to react and they're going to think it's rigged again.
"At that moment in time, I'll be undeniable to fight Conor McGregor because I beat the guy who beat him.
"The Jake Paul vs Conor fight is a massive fight so I'm like why wait? I don't need to be in this sport forever, I don't need 100 fights so why wait, let's do it right away."
Paul has repeatedly called out McGregor but the Irishman has thus far been dismissive of 'YouTube boxing'.
But Paul has rejected the opportunity to face a professional boxer in Tommy Fury to instead pursue MMA stars.
"He started talking about me and his brother called me out on his behalf. No-one has ever watched a Tommy Fury pay-per-view so no-one knows if he will do numbers at the box office," he added.
"Maybe when he fights someone with a winning record and a highlight performance then it makes sense for us to fight, but until then, move on.
"I do want to fight boxers, there are boxers I'm going back and forth with about potential fights but the people I want to knock out are MMA fighters.
"I believe I'm a better striker than 99.9 per cent of these MMA guys so when we're matching up form a kill and experience level it's even and it's who wants it more in the fight."
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