NATE DIAZ has he revealed he took aim at Jake Paul because somebody needed to tell the YouTuber to 'shut up'.
The former Disney star drew the ire of Diaz late last year with his relentless pursuit of a boxing match with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
An angry Diaz branded Paul a 'spoiled f**k' and claimed his trash talk would result in him having his 'ass whooped for real', insults he explained during an interview with ESPN's Ariel Helwani.
The Ultimate Fighter season five winner said: "He was just talking some serious fighting words to – he was talking to Conor, right?
"But when I said something, it was because he was talking about Conor.
"I was like, 'Oh, they're some real fighting words for a guy who has already signed to fight in a real fight and you're challenging him to a boxing match with fighting words.'
"And no one is gonna speak up, no one did. And even Conor probably didn't want to give him no clout, he's tuned in to what he's doing.
"I was like, 'Someone needs to tell this guy to shut up.'"
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Diaz, 35, insists his dressing down of Paul wasn't him sticking up for his old rival McGregor, who he fought twice in 2016.
He added: "I wasn't trying to have nobody's back, but just from a real motherf**ker's perspective, it's like, 'You're talking fighting words.'
"It don't make no sense when people do that. It's like talking like that and challenging somebody to a boxing match, you know?
"Boxing is just boxing, it's only a piece of a fight. And you're talking like dirty s**t.
"So it's like, 'Someone's going to f**k you up if you don't watch it.'"
Fan favourite Diaz hasn't fought since losing his BMF title match with Jorge Masvidal in November 2019.
The Stockton slugger is eager to compete this year and has set his sights on showdowns with Charles Oliveira or Dustin Poirier.
Diaz said of Oliveira: "That's the guy right there. I'll fight that guy. I like winners, you know what I'm saying? Because I'm a winner.
"I ain't been lost to nobody. And the few guys that I've lost to, they say the finished me.
"First of all, I never got finished off like everybody else.
"KO, knocked on they ass sleeping, unconscious, choked out – none of that's happened to me.
"So I'm like I'm trying to fight the guys who are winners.
"No, I wouldn't fight him at '55. I want to fight at 170 too but there ain't nobody at 170.
"That whole division is all – when those guys grow up, I'll fight somebody at 170.
"The '55 division has some guys in there, but it's like… I like the Oliveira fight or the Dustin Poirier fight, suppose."
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