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After tasting defeat for the first time against Tommy Fury in February, Jake Paul is back to doing what he does best: Boxing aging MMA fighters who are smaller than him.
That’s right, for his comeback fight, Paul is taking on Nate Diaz, and it’s a big deal. Diaz might not represent Paul’s biggest challenge to date, but considering the fame and notoriety of Diaz, this contest could ultimately be Paul’s biggest ever. After a fiery press conference in May, the two are set to battle this weekend.
Here’s how to watch the event live on pay per view from anywhere in the world.
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz date and start times
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz is scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT in Dallas, Texas, at the American Airlines Center.
Who is Nate Diaz?
Nate Diaz is arguably one of the biggest stars the Ultimate Fighting Championship has ever produced.
After a solid UFC run — punctuated by a routine title fight loss against Benson Henderson — Diaz somehow wrote himself into the history books with a shock win over Conor McGregor as a last minute replacement at UFC 196. It was the very definition of a “star-making performance” and McGregor’s first loss in the UFC.
It represented a seismic shift for Diaz and the UFC. Almost overnight Diaz was one of the most bankable fighters in mixed martial arts. A rematch against McGregor followed, as did a blockbuster fight against Jorge Masvidal, another unlikely UFC star. He lost both fights, but his star continued to ascend regardless.
Diaz is a wild man. His fights often spill out into press conferences. Both he and his brother Nick are notorious for taking their fights out of the octagon and into real life. Nick Diaz once fought an opponent again, after their MMA fight, in the hospital where they were both being treated.
Point being, regardless of what happens in his boxing match with Jake Paul, you can expect drama both inside and outside the boxing ring.
Who is Jake Paul?
Jake Paul is a social media star, who first made it big on Vine before successfully transitioning to every platform in existence. He’s moved into boxing in recent years after initially fighting on the undercard of brother Logan Paul’s viral boxing match with UK YouTuber KSI. He showed a talent for boxing and has been fighting ever since.
Paul’s biggest win so far was an impressive victory over legendary UFC champion Anderson Silva. Notable because Silva, already known for his incredible kickboxing prowess, had scored some impressive boxing wins, most notably defeating former world champ Julio César Cháves Jr.
Paul, however, lost a decision in his most recent fight, against Tommy Fury, the brother of current heavyweight champ Tyson Fury.
Paul has also successfully moved into boxing promotion, co-promoting a huge fight between Ireland’s Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, one of the biggest female boxing contests of all time.
Nate Diaz and Logan Paul look-alike controversy
On Saturday, April 22, Diaz took part in a wild street fight and was caught on camera choking a man, YouTube personality Rodney Petersen, unconscious on the streets of New Orleans. The bizarre part? Peterson’s claim to fame is being an incredible doppelgänger for Logan Paul, Jake Paul’s brother.
Is this a bizarre publicity stunt for the fight? Possibly, but the New Orleans Police Department released a warrant for Diaz’s arrest. The fighter surrendered to police on a battery charge a few days later.
How to watch or stream Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz from anywhere
If you find yourself unable to view the Paul vs. Diaz fight locally, you may need a different way to watch. That’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on the day by encrypting your traffic, and it’s also a great idea if you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So, if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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How to watch Paul vs. Diaz in the US
Saturday’s big fight is available to stream in the US via pay per view on ESPN Plus.
How to watch Paul vs. Diaz in the UK
How to watch Paul vs. Diaz in Australia
How to Watch Paul vs. Diaz in Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Japan and more
DAZN is carrying the fight live worldwide via PPV, and has different pricing for different countries. Here’s the full list along with supported devices and purchasing instructions.
- Canada: CA$60.
- Mexico: MXN 199.00.
- Ireland: €20.
- Japan: Yen 2,890.00.
- Other countries: Pricing varies.
Paul vs. Diaz full fight card
In addition to the big main event, there are a number of other fights taking place at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.
- Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz, 10 rounds, 185 pounds.
- Amanda Serrano vs. Heather Hardy, 10 rounds, for Serrano’s undisputed women’s featherweight title.
- Shadasia Green vs. Olivia Curry, 10 rounds, women’s super middleweights.
- Ashton Sylve vs. William Silva, eight rounds, lightweights.
- Alan Sanchez vs. Angel Beltran Villa, eight rounds, welterweights.
- Chris Avila vs. Jeremy Stephens, six rounds, super middleweights.