Well, it’s nice to know that other fighters think Nate Diaz‘s potential last fight in the UFC is messed up.
Last week it was announced that Diaz’s next and potential final fight in the UFC will be against surging contender Khamzat Chimaev in what is one of the worst matchups possible. Diaz has one more fight left on his UFC contract and has been in a negotiating phase for quite some time. However, according to Ariel Helwani, when Diaz refused to re-up his contract, the promotion decided to give him Chimaev.
Fu*ked up matchmaking
During a fighter appearance media scrum at UFC London this past week, the number one contender for the welterweight title, Leon Edwards, spoke about the Diaz vs. Chimaev matchup, and he thinks it is fu*ked up.
“If I had to put money on it, I’d probably go Khamzat – but I’d love Nate to get it done,” Edwards told reporters. “He’s done so much for the company and I wish they gave him a veteran, a nice fight to bow out to. To give him an up-and-coming guy that’s had four or five fights in the UFC and a wrestler guy as well – I think it’s fu*ked up really. They should’ve gave him a better fight. But I would love Nate to get it done. But as I said, if I’m a betting man I’d probably go with Khamzat.”
There are rumors that Diaz might go box Jake Paul when he is free of the UFC chains, and Edwards wished him well.
“You can’t not like Nate,” Edwards said. “He is who he is. I’ve watched him and his brother coming up at 16 or 17 when I was getting into MMA. I wish him well in his career and whatever he wishes to do next. Jake Paul or wherever he decides to go.”
Diaz vs. Chimaev will headline UFC 279 in Las Vegas on September 10.
For Edwards, he rematches Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 on August 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.