‘I do believe it’s a mismatch’ alternatively Diaz won’t ‘transfer down quietly’ in opposition to Khamzat, says ‘DC’
Add Daniel Cormier to the emerging report of fighters serious about Nate Diaz’s coverage heading into his welterweight matchup with Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279.
Cormier acknowledges Diaz is a legend of the sport and is as tough as they come alternatively thinks the Stockton, Calif. local has little not to anything else to reach from fighting Khamzat at this degree in his career, labeling the battle a mismatch.
With that mentioned, ‘DC’ doesn’t expect Diaz, 37, to ‘transfer down quietly’ in what could be his final battle throughout the UFC in opposition to Chimaev.
“You understand what RC, I don’t believe that Nate will transfer down quietly,” Cormier mentioned on the DC & RC podcast (h/t BJPenn.com). “I merely suppose that at this degree in their careers, Nate is on a unique path than Khamzat Chimaev. Nate will tell you there’s however championship aspirations on account of he’s a fighter and is as tough as they come. Then again while you take a look at what he’s performed in recent times, you are able to’t merely say Nate Diaz is in identify contention. Popularity-wise, certain. Then again in the case of what he’s put on paper in regard to his fighting, you are able to’t say that.”
“Khamzat is every little little bit of what you may be able to expect a soon-to-be identify challenger to be,” he added. “If he’ll get earlier Nate Diaz, which will also be his largest win to this point, even if the Gilbert Burns battle was once amusing, it will not be as precious as a win over Nathan Diaz… I believe the ones guys are in different problems of their careers at the moment, and I believe it’s a mismatch.”
The five-round, non-title battle primary event will mark Diaz’s final battle on his provide deal, with The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner expected to find unfastened corporate following the bout.
UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz takes place on Sept. 10 at the T-Cell Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.