“He isn’t that guy who BEAT Conor McGregor,” Khamzat Chimaev SURPRISED by Nate Diaz’s guts to accept fighting him at UFC 279

Khamzat Chimaev is on an undefeated run and is coming off the biggest win of his career by defeating a former title challenger Gilbert Burns in just his fifth UFC fight.

Khamzat Chimaev- Nate Diaz
Khamzat Chimaev- Nate Diaz
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Khamzat Chimaev seems to be an exceptional case when it comes to being intimidated by the aura and resume of Nate Diaz. Both Chimaev and Diaz will share the Octagon at UFC 279 in what will be Chimaev’s first five-round fight and Diaz’s last UFC fight. After this, Chimaev might need one more or no win anymore to get a title shot and Diaz will be looking forward to exploring more opportunities in combat sports, such as in terms of exhibition boxing.

The fight has come a long way in the making. Diaz was first rumoured to be fighting former UFC interim-lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier since the latter was parading all over social media for the fight. It was around this time that Chimaev was already booked to fight former UFC title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 in a 3-round war that turned out to be contending for the Fight of the Year. Diaz on the other hand last fought in July 2021 when he lost a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards at UFC 263.

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Khamzat Chimaev claims Nate Diaz has accepted him as a bad match-up in many interviews

Nate Diaz x Khamzat Chimaev
Diaz and Chimaev will face off in the first 5-round fight of the Chechen’s career

In an interview for The Mac Life, Chimaev talks about his preparation for the Diaz fight come UFC 279 next month, welterweights knowing that he is the money fight today, his preview of the welterweight title fight between the champion Kamaru Usman and the challenger Leon Edwards in a rematch and much more. In the midst of all, Chimaev answers if he is surprised by Diaz accepting a fight against him.

“Yes of course,” says Chimaev “Because he himself tells in the interviews [this is] a bad match-up for him, you know. Like I can smash that guy easy. The guy’s getting older, he’s not that guy who beat McGregor. He’s not that young guy. This is his last fight, he’s gonna lose his fight. I kill him you know, kick him out, let him go.”

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What do you make of Chimaev being surprised about Diaz taking a fight against him for the latter’s farewell UFC fight? Do you feel the same way as Chimaev says that this is indeed a bad match-up for Diaz? Who do you think wins? Do you think Chimaev will become a UFC champion in near future?

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