NATE DIAZ risks a possible injury just weeks before his showdown with Jake Paul – by competing in TWO triathlons.
The former UFC lightweight title challenger will face off with the boxer-turned YouTuber on August 5 in Dallas.
DiazThe 38-year-old has trained in triathlons throughout his career to keep in top form.
And by the time he shares the ring with problem child Paul, he would have competed in back-to-back triathlons.
At a performance on The He said: “I have a race this weekend and Show weekend too.
“But this race will be in a lake, so that’s good. Those are my favorite races.”
Diaz shares his love of triathlon with brother Nick, who competed in the treacherous “Escape From Alcatraz,” which sees competitors swim off the infamous islandback to mainland San Francisco.
But Nate has yet to race, admitting, “I’ve never raced at Alcatraz though, my brother did.”
“I would have done that too, but we race all year round.”
“And about a week or two later I try not to race too big.
“Every time he did Alcatraz, I was about two weeks away from a fight, so I always missed that race.”
“But I’ve done other things too, like the Big Kahuna Half Ironman in Santa Cruz, out there you swim around the pier.”
“The whole team hears Robben and a lot of shit, that’s the worst thing I ever hate.”
Nate isn’t the biggest fan of sea swimming – mostly because he’s scared of getting eaten by sharks.
He continued, “Every time we were on the beach in the morning and headed out, my brother was pumped.”
“I would say, ‘Damn mother, I’m doing this because of you and now I’m going to be eaten by a shark.'”
“I hate sea swimming, but I’ve done a lot of it, and now that my brother hasn’t competed as much, I haven’t been drawn into the sea as much.”
Nate’s encounter with Paul will be his first professional boxing match and his first official appearance Leaving the UFC last November.
And former Disney star Paul plans to make it a long nightfor the Stockton racket.
The 26-year-old said: “I’ll make sure it’s hell on earth the whole time.”
“I think he has a long night ahead of him.
“I feel the same way, but I’m not afraid of it. I’m ready to rock.”