Khamzat Chimaev says UFC title shot would possibly well additionally’ve been subsequent, nonetheless took Nate Diaz ‘for fun’ as a replacement

Khamzat Chimaev says UFC title shot would possibly well additionally’ve been subsequent, nonetheless took Nate Diaz ‘for fun’ as a replacement


Khamzat Chimaev thinks he’s subsequent in line for the welterweight title, no topic whether or no longer or no longer he chose to fair safe a UFC 279 bout vs. Nate Diaz.

Basically basically based on Chimaev, he would possibly well additionally’ve elected to score a appropriate away crack on the winner of the UFC 278 essential match between champion Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards. In its set, he forwent the secured replacement in allege to pause full of life.

“If I want to help for who’s a hit the combat (between) Usman and Leon, I score to combat with that man,” Chimaev said no longer too prolonged ago on  “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani. “I don’t must combat with Nate Diaz. I combat him for fun. … If I desired to help, right here’s going to get a in point of fact prolonged time. Usman fought one time in 365 days. He’s received the entirety. He’s received cash. He’s No. 1 pound-for-pound, that’s why he desires to help. He takes a in point of fact prolonged time. He doesn’t must lose his belt. Everyone is conscious of I’m coming for it, hungry, youthful. The total guys from the high 10, I’m 10 years youthful than. They know what’s going to happen if they combat with me.”

Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) will square off Sept. 10 pay-per-inspect essential match, which takes set at T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas.

Would possibly perhaps restful he take, Chimaev plans to combat whoever the welterweight champion is at that time. If the winner wants a prolonged layoff, Chimaev proposed he moves to middleweight – the set he has two UFC wins – and score a title push there. Again, process is the title of his sport.

“After Diaz, presumably I’m going to circulate up if Usman desires to help a in point of fact prolonged time,” Chimaev said. “Maybe I’m going to circulate up to 185 and combat any person there, because I want to get each and each belts.”

Chimaev, 28, has largely ripped thru his opposition throughout his pro occupation. In April, Chimaev picked up his most valuable take so a long way with a resolution over Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. Meanwhile, Diaz is determined to compete for the first time since June 2021, in what would possibly be the supreme combat on his most up-to-date promotional contract.