Khamzat Chimaev Plans To ‘Kill’ Nate Diaz, Kick Him Out Of UFC

Khamzat Chimaev is looking to make a statement against Nate Diaz at UFC 279.

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Khamzat Chimaev is planning to “kill” Nate Diaz at UFC 279, kicking him out of the promotion for good.

Khamzat Chimaev Plans To ‘Kill’ Nate Diaz

Chimaev will take on Diaz in what will be the latter’s final bout on his current UFC deal. Diaz plans to exit the UFC after the fight concludes.

However, it will be no easy exit interview for Diaz, as Chimaev is one of the most promising prospects the UFC has to offer, undefeated at 11-0 and currently the No. 3-ranked welterweight in the UFC.

Even Diaz himself has admitted the matchup is a bad one for him, but is ready to get the final fight of his contract out of the way so he can move on from the UFC. Speaking in a recent interview, Chimaev said he expects to “kill” Diaz come fight night.

“Yeah of coures because he himself tells the interviews it’s a bad matchup for him,” Chimaev said. “Like I can smash that guy easy. The guy’s getting older, he’s not that guy who beat McGregor.

“He’s not that young guy. This is his last fight, he’s going to lose this fight and go do some boxing sh*t. I kill him, you know, I kick him out. Let him go.”

Hardly anyone is giving Diaz a chance against Chimaev. Many within the MMA community have seen this as a “sacrifice” of sorts to help build Chimaev up as a bigger star. However, Chimaev himself doesn’t seem to be taking the matchup for granted.

“No, because I think all the fights can make you surprised. Like my last fight, I made mistakes. I was like, ‘Now I drop him, now I’m going to knock him out.’

“I run after him like three rounds, it didn’t happen. Sometimes you have to be ready, like five rounds, ten rounds. It doesn’t matter, I was ready, you know?

“I get dropped, it’s why I get up I come up and finish the guy. We were watching each other, watching running around.”

Should Chimaev ultimately emerge victorious at UFC 279, he’s likely next in line for a shot at the welterweight championship. That title will be up for grabs at UFC 278 this weekend, when Kamaru Usman puts his title up for grabs against Leon Edwards.

While the champion is favored to retain this weekend, Chimaev believes, if Usman does indeed win, it will be a long time before “The Nigerian Nightmare” returns to the Octagon.

Chimaev even believes that it’s possible Usman retires. If that’s the case, he has plenty of other options to smash at 170 pounds – such as Jorge Masvidal.

“We will see. If Kamaru wins the fight, I think he take a long time to come back. And maybe gonna retire. I think the guy’s scared from me. He always talk about maybe I finish, maybe I finish – I hope he gonna win the fight and I fight with him. But if he stays long time away, Jorge starts to talk too much, I might have to smash his face as well.”

Published on August 16, 2022 at 1:44 pm
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