Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz is less than a month away, and everyone is still trying to figure out what the motive is behind the matchmaking. Is it to lessen Diaz’s value going into free agency? Is it to launch Chimaev into superstardom? Is it just a fun fight?
Dana doesn’t like Nate
UFC legend and Ultimate Fighter veteran Leben simply thinks Dana White doesn’t like Diaz anymore, but he knows it’ll be entertaining nonetheless.
“Yeah, you know, I feel like maybe Dana does not like Nate anymore. I don’t know. But my my here’s the thing. One of the fucking Diaz brothers fighting everybody’s tuning in,” Leben told MMA reporter Helen Yee recently. “I know I’m tuning in to watch that fight. You know what I mean? And you never know what’s gonna happen. Nate could get the shit kicked out of him for 14 and a half minutes and still land like a sweet slap at the end. It’s something cool. It’ll be entertaining, at least we know that for sure.
You can never count him out. You can never count him out. He’s a stud and he’s gonna scrap all the way to the end.”
Leben has a point with Diaz always fighting to the end. At UFC 263, he got dominated for 24 minutes, but it was a last hail mary punch that wobbled Leon Edwards that everyone remembers.
The Crippler’s future
As for Leben, he is happily retired from combat sports and is focusing on his new gym, refereeing, and becoming an MMA judge. Everyone wants ex-fighters to become judges; well, Leben is on his way.