UFC star Khamzat Chimaev shared a chilling reaction to the much-anticipated bout against Nate Diaz.
Diaz seems to have been included Ice by the UFC for more than a year after his most recent fight with Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021. He rallied to get his hands on a pre-booked match with various picks on the table. desks, such as Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson and Chimaev.
He has expressed a desire to settle his contract and become a free agent. However, the promotion seems to have gone against the idea, at least for today.
From ESPN Brett Okamoto broke the news of the two men agreeing to fight in September:”Khamzat and Nate. UFC 279 on September 10 at T-Mobile Arena. Major Events. Five innings. According to UFC Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell, verbally agreed. It was the last fight on Nate Diaz’s current UFC contract. “
Okamoto added: “Nate Diaz’s agent Zach Rosenfield confirmed the date and opponent of Diaz’s next appearance with ESPN. Added, “This is a fight that Nate has been asking for since mid-April.”
Chimaev replied coldly via ESPN: “Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) provided this commentary on the fight to ESPN. Translation from Swedish by his agent, Majdi Shammas. “I’ll take care of Nate Diaz’s funeral with the UFC.”
MMA Twitter shared their reaction
The third-placed contender in the welterweight division, Chimaev was undefeated in his professional career with ten finishes out of his 11 wins. He was about to fight Gilbert Burns in close combat, his first match going to the judges’ scorecards.
Meanwhile, Diaz enters the final years of his career after nearly two decades of sports.
Caposa responded to the announcement: “Disgusting and pathetic. Here’s how they reward 15 years of entertainment. Not subtle when trying to feed him wolves (Borz). Of course Nate is willing to fight the hired goon. Sincerely hope by some miracle, this blows in their face.“
Belal Muhammad, the top 5 UFC weightlifters reacted: “I hope Nate and Leon both win and ruin everyone’s plans.“
Former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren reacts: “this can be really ugly.“
UFC middleweight Darren Till reacts: “What a war“
Former two-time UFC champion BJ Penn reacts: “@ NateDiaz209 is a real OG“
Ben Fowlkes of the Co-Main Event podcast stated: “Dana White a few weeks ago: Nate won a game in five years. He should probably go to the Jake Paul box. UFC now: But let’s go head to head with him against our top heavyweight prospect…“
MMA Junkie’s Danny Segura shared his reaction:From a sporting point of view, this match makes no sense. These two shouldn’t be fighting. Dana said Diaz “only won one game in five years.” So why pit him against an undefeated, top contender?“
Diaz will become a free agent after the war
Diaz has a longstanding feud with the UFC. In May, the 37-year-old was so frustrated after an encounter with the co-promoter that he urinated outside the UFC Performing Institute, and posted a similar photo.
During a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, Diaz detailed the ongoing disputes citing that he simply wanted to leave the company to pursue the opportunity to get paid. Higher salary.
The original Stockton fan is in the final stages of his current deal with the UFC and has previously spoken out against the company for holding him “hostage.”
UFC President Dana White claims that he offered the gray-haired veteran multiple fights in the last year, while Diaz said he asked for Chimaev, among other opponents, but nothing concrete has since then. .
Diaz is scheduled to face Chimaev at UFC 279 on September 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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