Jake Paul claims he's a future Hall Of Famer and Nate Diaz insists he's the best UFC fighter ever
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During their recent press conference, both Jake Paul and Nate Diaz made some pretty big claims.
Disney actor-turned-YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul insisted he'd be inducted into the Hall of Fame some day in the future.
Meanwhile, Diaz professed to be the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
Both statements have been clipped up and thrown on social media, sparking a hysterical reaction from the combat sports community.
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First it was Diaz's turn to spurt out a big, big claim.
“I’m the best fighter to have ever fought in the UFC, straight up” the former UFC star told the media.
To which Paul replied: "Your record doesn't agree with that. You're like 32 [wins] and 15 [losses] in the UFC. You've got 15 losses."
But Diaz backed himself.
"Yeah but who did I fight?" Diaz replied
"I've been fighting top 10 guys the whole time. I probably fought five guys in my whole career who weren't top 10. I've been fighting the best guys.
"Do I deserve to be in with you? Come on man, what the f**k you talking about?"
Diaz - who is now 38 years of age - finished his mixed martial arts career with 21 wins and 13 losses, although he did fight in some huge bouts – most notably his scraps with Conor McGregor.
Jake Paul gets annoyed by a reporter who says he won't be inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame…— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 9, 2023
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It was then Paul's turn to make an outlandish statement.
When a reporter suggested Paul was not a future Hall of Famer in boxing, the social media star spit the dummy out and went on the offensive.
"I don't know who you are to say that, I'm not a future hall-of-fame boxer?" Paul hit back before being asked what his resume looked like.
He added: "I have done more for the sport than any boxers in current history. What is Floyd Mayweather done for the women's boxing? The list goes on, I've changed the whole entire game and brought a new 70 million followers to the sport.
"I've put on bigger pay-per-views than some of these Hall of Fame guys.You wanna talk about Hall of Famers? You wanna talk about resume? yeah I'm building it up buddy. I just got started in this game. This is my eighth fight, and I’m fighting Nate Diaz, one of the biggest MMA fighters in history."
While Paul perhaps laid out a better argument than Diaz did, it doesn't take away from the fact that they're both rather out-there statements.
That said, we've seen some pretty crazy things in combat sports, so Jake Paul being inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame certainly isn't out of the question.