Nate Diaz might not be ranked in the top ten, but he’s among the toughest fighters in the UFC, which is why Khamzat Chimaev agreed to fight him.
Khamzat knows a win over Diaz won’t inch him any closer to a title shot, but it will prove he is one of the baddest fighters in the sport and a certified gangster-slayer after he ‘f-cks that guy [Diaz] up’ at UFC 279.
Khamzat (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) claims he accepted the fight for fun and looks forward to making mincemeat of Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) when the cage door closes on Sept. 10.
“Actually, I don’t need to fight that guy. I fight the guy just for fun,” Chimaev said during a recent interview (h/t Sportskeeda). “I was a kid when he was fighting. I could wait for the title ... I took that fight, that guy is not top, but he’s famous. Everyone loves him, everyone talk about this gangster. I eat gangsters for the breakfast. I’m gonna f**k that guy (up).”
UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz takes place on September 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.