JAKE PAUL is "putting all his money" on Nate Diaz shocking the world and beating Khamzat Chimaev.
Ultimate Fighter season five winner Diaz will face the undefeated Russian in the main event of UFC 279 on September 10.
Diaz, 37, is a huge underdog going into his September showdown with Chimaev, but Paul is confident the fan favourite will defy the odds and beat the welterweight phenom.
He tweeted: "Betr believe I’m putting my money on Nate Diaz to win versus fake Khabib."
MMA fans were quick to comment on Paul's bold prediction, with one saying: "Khamzat is nothing like Khabib.
"Seems a little weird that you’d make that comparison."
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Another said: "Lol Jake Paul about to lose a ton of money."
And another said: "This MF has no clue what the fuck he’s talking about."
One remarked: "You gonna lose money then because Nate might actually die."
Diaz hasn't set foot inside the octagon since his UFC 263 defeat to Brit Leon Edwards last June.
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The former lightweight title challenger was eager to perform a quick turnaround and see off the final fight of his UFC contract but was unable to do so.
Diaz rejected the promotion's earlier offers of a clash with Chimaev but changed his mind in a bid to become a free agent.
During an appearance on The MMA Hour, he said: "I’ve been asking for fights since whenever, I asked for a lot of fights.
"I asked for [Vicente] Luque, I asked for Tony Ferguson, I asked for like four or five people. It was never good on their side.
"They finally offered me Khamzat [Chimaev], I gave a little, ‘What the f***?’, but then I thought why not? Let’s get it done with.
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"I asked for the Khamzat fight. Then, all sorts of excuses started happening. I wanted January, I wanted March, I wanted all these things…
"I’m trying to get this show on the road, but they’re keeping me in my contract and they’re holding me hostage. I want out, that’s my main objective is.”
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