Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev is a fight no one currently seems to want but Dana White is ardent on making. The outgoing former lightweight and incoming Welterweight superstar have nothing to gain by fighting each other except for bragging rights and that seems to be what Dan wants.
As many know by now, Nate is on the final fight in his current UFC contract and he has shown zero interest in re-signing with the company. It is obviously difficult for the UFC to let go a big star like Nate while his stock is still very high, hence they have been delaying or refusing Diaz fights.
The Stockton bad boy has repeatedly vented his frustrations on social media and has even asked to be released from the company if they can’t hand him an opponent. To this extent Diaz has gone on to urinate on the UFC PI after one such talk went South and posted a photo of him relieving himself with the caption, “I can do this cuz I get paid more than all yous and they won’t cut me”
Dana White confirms Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev is still in the works
Last week Diaz confirmed the reason he wants to leave the UFC, that being to have a big-money boxing fight against Jake Paul. Seems like Nate finally broke Dana as he agreed that the fight against the YouTuber made the most sense at this point in his career.
Recently White revealed to Damon Martin of MMAFighting that contrary to popular belief, Diaz in fact did not duck Khamzat. The bossman confirmed that at a certain point the fight was verbally agreed to by both parties however fell through due to unknown reasons.
Many suspected the UFC to be strong-arming Nate, by giving him a tough opponent on his way out, ensuring a loss, a drop in his stock while boosting Khamzat’s brand off of Nate’s name value. This is a tactic that many outgoing fighters have accused the UFC of using since the ZUFFA days and the same could have been intended for Nate.
Since his UD loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 263, Diaz has gone on to express interest in fighting Dustin Poirier multiple times, however, the UFC has been reluctant to make that fight. Nate has also called out Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson both of whom have enthusiastically accepted the call out yet there has been no response from the UFC.