NATE DIAZ revealed he took aim at Jake Paul because somebody needed to tell the YouTuber to ‘shut up’.

The former Disney star, 25, drew the ire of Diaz a couple years ago with his relentless pursuit of a boxing match with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Nate Diaz launched a blistering attack on Jake Paul


Nate Diaz launched a blistering attack on Jake PaulCredit: Getty
Nate Diaz isn't a fan of YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul


Nate Diaz isn’t a fan of YouTuber turned boxer Jake PaulCredit: Jake Paul
McGregor takes on Diaz in 2016


McGregor takes on Diaz in 2016Credit: Getty

An angry Diaz branded Paul a ‘spoiled f**k’.

He also claimed his trash talk would result in him having his ‘ass whooped for real’, insults he explained during a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

The Ultimate Fighter season five winner, 37 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.'”

Diaz 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***er’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***.

“So it’s like, ‘Someone’s going to f*** you up if you don’t watch it.'”