Paul and Diaz are set to face each other on August 5th, 2023, in a mega-crossover event. Both fighters have a lot on the line. Paul is seeking to bounce back following his first defeat, a split-decision loss to Tommy Fury.
Meanwhile, Diaz will make his boxing debut after he left the UFC following his win over Tony Ferguson. And as part of that process, both fighters had their first presser on May 9th, 2023.
So when Paul was asked about McGregor’s comments, he could not help but mock him.
“I think he’s got trauma from when Nate slapped his head off. I like that, I like people that doubt me. I’m going to do what Conor couldn’t do, quite literally, and put a [wrench] in all of these plans here.
“I know Nate wanted to get out of the UFC, come make a bunch of money, fight me, win, then go back and probably fight Conor in the UFC. So that’s what these guys are hoping for. I’m going to stop all that,” Paul
Those comments echoed the fact that Diaz had given McGregor his first-ever defeat when he won by submission in the second round at UFC 196.
While that may have been the case, Paul knows that Diaz poses a tough test which is why he will want to avoid facing the same fate as McGregor.