Nate Diaz would beat Jake Paul "hands down" if the YouTuber ever got into the ring against the UFC star.
Diaz is one of the biggest stars in modern MMA, and with just one fight on his UFC contract, has emerged as a possible opponent for Paul.
He has pushed to face Dustin Poirier as soon as possible, but that fight appears to be tough for the promotion to put together.
But once he does get a chance to test free agency, Diaz's teammate Chris Avila believes it would be an easy night for the former lightweight title contender.
Avila recently defeated Paul's sparring partner Anthony Taylor on the undercard of the YouTuber's rematch with Tyron Woodley, winning a majority decision.
“I’m down to see that fight [between Nate and Jake Paul ],” Avila told MMAFighting. “But when you fight Nate Diaz, you’re getting the realest fighter of all time right there.
"So these guys are sitting here calling his name and eventually he’s going to get in the boxing ring and I’m excited to see it.
"Who he’s going to box is his choice. He’s going to make a stamp and a statement in boxing, easy."
Avila's win over Taylor was the first shot across the bows in the Paul vs Diaz rivalry, which could be settled by a match-up between the younger Diaz and Paul brothers.
The former UFC fighter is also interested in facing Paul, but understands that he would need to win a number of fights and build his profile before entering the conversation.
“The Jake Paul fight, Jake Paul’s team is zero," Avila continued. "We’re one up already.
"That last fight was a Paul-Diaz, team versus team, Jake Paul made that. They’re already down one.
"So if he wants to get in the ring with Nate or me, it would be fine with either of us. I know that’s a fight I can win.
"I know that’s a fight Nate would win, hands down. Easy money.”
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Diaz was in attendance at Paul's rematch against Woodley, but left before the main event after claiming he was "bored" by the event.
In a boxing match, Paul would likely open as a favourite over Diaz, whose recent MMA record has been an unimpressive 1-3 in his last four.
He has lost to Leon Edwards, Jorge Masvidal and Conor McGregor, defeating Anthony Pettis in his one win since 2016.
And with Paul recently landing a vicious knockout of Woodley, who is a former welterweight champion in the UFC, he would be expected to be too good for Diaz.
However, with talks stalled on a final fight in his UFC contract, it is expected that Paul will face someone else in his sixth boxing match.
He has a number of options, including 7-0 Tommy Fury and former world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
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