Quick Bit: Nate Diaz will look to end his UFC run against the dominant Khamzat Chimaev.
Not long ago, Nate Diaz requested his release from the UFC. That is, if the UFC didn’t give him a bout he could sink his teeth into. The Stockton, Calif., native finally got his wish: he’ll be facing one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC today.
Diaz will fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 on Sept. 10 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The non-title bout will be the main event of the card. A verbal agreement between the fighters was reached last week, UFC executive Hunter Campbell told ESPN.
A silver medalist in the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Diaz made his pro debut in 2004 for WEC. The 37-year-old won “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2007. Diaz is 14-11 with the UFC. He has competed against Clay Guida, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, Gray Maynard and Conor McGregor. Diaz is on a two-fight losing streak; he last fought in 2021 against Leon Edwards at UFC 263.
Over the past month, Diaz has voiced his displeasure with the company and UFC president Dana White. Appearing on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, Diaz slammed the UFC for not booking him against fighters he desires. Diaz called his experience as being held hostage. Many thought he would face McGregor; Diaz is 1-1 against the “Notorious” one. Dustin Poirier was another opponent who interested him.
Diaz’s contract is coming up; this will be the last fight under his current deal with the UFC.
Chimaev, 28, is a three-time Swedish Nationals gold medalist. He made his pro debut in 2018 and is known for his run in Brave CF. He joined the UFC in 2020 and won three fights for the promotion that year. Chimaev took the MMA world by storm with his skills and killer mindset.
The man born in Chechnya suffered complications after testing positive for COVID-19 in 2020, forcing multiple bouts against Edwards to be nixed. At one point he considered retirement after coughing up blood. Chimaev finally returned in October 2021 and beat Li Jingliang via submission. Chimaev’s last fight was a unanimous decision win in April over Gilbert Burns.
Chimaev has begun preparing for what he believes will be the end of Diaz.
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