Khamzat Chimaev has the opportunity to knock off a UFC chronicle ahead of him. Now he accurate has to verify acknowledged chronicle displays up.
The undefeated welterweight, who’s currently No. 3 at 170 kilos in MMA Combating’s Worldwide Rankings, is determined to fight Nate Diaz in basically the most important tournament of UFC 279 on Sept. 10 at T-Cell Arena in Las Vegas.
Since 2013, Diaz has made accurate eight octagon appearances, and his latest — a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021 — change into as soon as his first fight in 19 months after loads of fizzled matchups. So one can realize if Chimaev is skeptical about whether or not the fight goes to happen.
“I peaceable don’t factor in that guy’s going to shut help and existing up,” Chimaev acknowledged on The MMA Hour. “That skinny boy. We can gaze what’s going down. I’m accurate expecting the 10th of September – it doesn’t topic who. If he wants to fight [185 pounds], then we are able to attain that… accurate existing up. I will fight [at 185 or 205 pounds], it doesn’t topic.”
Adding extra intrigue to the competition is the undeniable truth that the UFC 279 headliner marks the final fight on Diaz’s current contract. The Stockton, Calif., large title’s future is unclear, but on loads of times he has asked for the UFC to free up him, so it is some distance distinctly that you simply will need the option to factor in that Diaz will quickly cease his 15-twelve months relationship with the promotion.
That myth doesn’t indicate a lot to Chimaev, who plans to manner this as he has all of his old fights. On the opposite hand, he is amused by the notion of striking a dent in Diaz’s sinful persona.
“For me, it doesn’t genuinely topic,” Chimaev acknowledged. “In the occasion that they give me Kamaru Usman, I will attain the identical thing. For me, it doesn’t topic. The fellow accurate fights and fights. He’s peaceable unhealthy. He fights to the final 2nd, and I’m delighted he’s combating with me.
“He’s among the legends, fancy every person asserting, ‘gangster, gangster.’ I’m going to existing who’s the gangster. Treasure I acknowledged sooner than, we’re from Chechnya, we grow up [with] the battle, and we be pleased the gangsters for breakfast.”
Chimaev is a heavy well-liked heading into the competition, in no small allotment because of his 11-0 file, which involves 10 finishes and a fresh have interaction over top welterweight contender Gilbert Burns. On paper, Diaz is step help in competition provided that he’s won accurate one fight since 2016. Nonetheless Chimaev is taking a ogle forward to share the cage with a fighter he’s prolonged admired.
“When my supervisor told me it’s finished, I acknowledged that’s accurate, that’s excellent for us,” Chimaev acknowledged. “Kill cash, develop accurate names, the fellow’s going out. Nate acknowledged he doesn’t fancy me. … I fancy that guy, I grew up on him.
“I change into as soon as in college when he change into as soon as combating in the UFC. It’s unparalleled to fight that guy, and I fancy him because of the for me UFC, after I change into as soon as young, it change into as soon as fancy the movies. Treasure, I’m not going to compile there, I’m accurate going to come all the contrivance in which through it.
“Now, I fight with the fellows that I change into as soon as watching. American guys, from Chechnya I watched them. Now, I fight with them.”
Coming off of basically the most important decision have interaction of his profession, Chimaev doesn’t query to jog the gap when he fights Diaz. Right here’s basically the most important bout scheduled for five rounds of Chimaev’s profession. He plans to attain what he continuously does and be the fourth fighter to quit Diaz.
“I accurate jog in and atomize his face,” Chimaev acknowledged. “If we attain striking, I knock him out, and if we jog down, I submit him or atomize his face, develop him faucet. We’ll gaze, whatever, for me it doesn’t topic. I don’t hang some sport draw and that s. I don’t demand my coaches, I by no approach talk about about what I’m going to attain in the fight. I accurate prepare what my coach acknowledged in my practising. When we spar, if he says, ‘have interaction him down,’ I have interaction him down, if he says, ‘jab, transfer,’ I attain these items – I eavesdrop on him.
“Then I’m going to the fight and I attain exactly precisely the identical I did in the sparring, and every at times it’s have interaction him down, submit him. Then I realize I genuinely need to attain it in the cage as well after I with regards to the fight. Right here’s my sport draw, but you don’t gaze me, fancy, ‘Oh, he does this, he does that, he jabs fancy this, and this s.’ I don’t factor in in sport draw or this s. You fight fancy you fight.”
“One round, two rounds,” Chimaev acknowledged of his prediction on when the fight will cease. “We’ll gaze.”