Nick Diaz Manager: Khamzat Chimaev Hasn’t Earned Right To Mega-Fight

It was recently reported that Diaz was offered to Chimaev as a potential opponent.

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It looks like a Nick Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev fight won’t be happening.

It was recently reported that Diaz — who has already informed UFC president Dana White that he wanted to fight again — was offered to Chimaev as a potential opponent.

Chimaev — who hasn’t competed since September due to a number of health issues — was certainly pleased with the prospect of a fight with the Stockton native.

“(Diaz is) a legend. Everybody knows him in this world, the MMA world. He’s good. These good guys, they’re like play gangsters. It’s going to be a good fight if he wants to fight against me. I don’t know. Maybe he’s scared,” Chimaev said.

“I’m coming back, and we kill somebody, smash somebody. Now we have Diaz. I don’t know, both maybe someday? Both brothers. We’re going to see who is the real gangster. Chechen gangster is better than Stockton gangster.”

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Diaz Manager Puts Rumors To Rest

However, that won’t be happening as Diaz’s manager Kevin Mubenga shot down any chances of that fight taking place.

“He’s a good prospect, respectfully, but he hasn’t earned the right to a mega-fight vs. Nick Diaz,” Mubenga told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “So let’s put those rumors to rest.

“Nate’s up first; our focus is on that. We will narrow down more deserving opponents after the fight.”

In the end, it was a bizarre matchup that made very little sense so this is probably for the best.

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