‘I didn’t call for this fight’: Nate Diaz slams UFC for setting him up with Khamzat Chimaev and insists he’s doing them a favor by stepping into the Octagon with the undefeated welterweight
- Nate Diaz, 37, said he never asked to fight undefeated star Khamzat Chimaev
- He said he has no interest in facing the Swedish welterweight in UFC 279
- But Diaz said he would fight anyone and insisted the pressure was on Chimaev
- Diaz hasn’t fought since losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 over a year ago
Nate Diaz says he never asked to fight Khamzat Chimaev and insists he has no interest in facing the Swedish welterweight in the main event of UFC 279.
Diaz will face Chimaev in Las Vegas on September 10th before retiring from the production once his contract expires.
Diaz – who is nine years Chimaev’s senior – insists the pressure is on the undefeated star and insists he is doing UFC a favor by taking the fight.
Nate Diaz (L) says he never asked to fight undefeated star Khamzat Chimaev (R).
Speaking to ESPN, Diaz said: “They act like I demanded this fight, which I didn’t demand and didn’t want and didn’t want and still don’t want.
“But I don’t give a shit, I fight everybody. But, [the] The pressure is on him, he better finish me off ’cause he’s the next killer in town.
“This fight isn’t even about that guy…it’s about ‘doing’ that guy. And I was like, ‘Okay, you guys aren’t going to let me go? Because I’m the best fighter here? And you won’t let me go unless it’s about someone? I need to make someone for you? Well, you’re welcome. let’s make you
“You’re welcome, UFC…”
Diaz has not fought since losing to Leon Edwards (L) at UFC 263 more than a year ago
The 37-year-old will fight the final fight of his UFC deal against Chimaev of Russia
Many fans believe that the UFC intentionally compared Diaz to the undefeated Chimaev due to his ongoing feud with Dana White.
The 37-year-old fighter urged White to “hold him hostage” after announcing his desire to withdraw from production.
Diaz said White is refusing to arrange the final fight of his deal to prevent him from leaving UFC.
Many fans believe the UFC deliberately compared Diaz to the undefeated Chimaev due to his ongoing feud with President Dana White (right).
The pair exchanged several hostile messages on social media before it was revealed that Diaz would face the undefeated Chimaev.
Many fans felt the match was unfair considering Diaz has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 over a year ago.
However, they have praised the 37-year-old for agreeing to step into the Octagon to take on rising star Chimaev.