Khamzat Chimaev tells ‘thin boy’ Nate Diaz to ‘simply display up’ for UFC 279: ‘I’m going to turn who’s the gangster’
Khamzat Chimaev has the chance to knock off a UFC legend forward of him. Now he simply has to make certain that stated legend presentations up.
The undefeated welterweight, who’s recently No. 3 at 155 kilos in MMA Combating’s World Ratings, is ready to struggle Nate Diaz in the principle tournament of UFC 279 on Sept. 10 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.
Since 2013, Diaz has made simply 8 octagon appearances, and his most up-to-date — a unanimous resolution loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021 — was once his first struggle in 19 months after a number of fizzled matchups. So one can perceive if Chimaev is skeptical about whether or not the struggle goes to occur.
“I nonetheless don’t imagine that man’s going to return and display up,” Chimaev stated on The MMA Hour. “That thin boy. We will be able to see what’s going down. I’m simply looking forward to the tenth of September – it doesn’t topic who. If he needs to struggle [185 pounds], then we will do this… simply display up. I will struggle [at 185 or 205 pounds], it doesn’t topic.”
Including additional intrigue to the competition is the truth that the UFC 279 headliner marks the remaining struggle on Diaz’s present contract. The Stockton, Calif., megastar’s long term is unclear, however on a couple of events he has requested for the UFC to liberate him, so it’s distinctly conceivable that Diaz will quickly finish his 15-year courting with the promotion.
That narrative doesn’t imply a lot to Chimaev, who plans to way this as he has all of his earlier fights. On the other hand, he’s amused through the considered hanging a dent in Diaz’s notorious character.
“For me, it doesn’t in truth topic,” Chimaev stated. “If they offer me Kamaru Usman, I can do the similar factor. For me, it doesn’t topic. The man simply fights and fights. He’s nonetheless unhealthy. He fights to the remaining 2d, and I’m glad he’s combating with me.
“He’s some of the legends, like everybody announcing, ‘gangster, gangster.’ I’m going to turn who’s the gangster. Like I stated ahead of, we’re from Chechnya, we develop up [with] the conflict, and we consume the gangsters for breakfast.”
Chimaev is a heavy favourite heading into the competition, in no small section because of his 11-0 document, which incorporates 10 finishes and a up to date win over most sensible welterweight contender Gilbert Burns. On paper, Diaz is step again in festival for the reason that he’s gained only one struggle since 2016. However Chimaev is having a look ahead to percentage the cage with a fighter he’s lengthy admired.
“When my supervisor instructed me it’s finished, I stated that’s excellent, that’s absolute best for us,” Chimaev stated. “Earn money, make excellent names, the fellow’s going out. Nate stated he doesn’t like me. … I love that man, I grew up on him.
“I used to be in class when he was once combating within the UFC. It’s superb to struggle that man, and I love him as a result of for me UFC, when I used to be younger, it was once like the films. Like, I’m now not going to get there, I’m simply going to peer it.
“Now, I struggle with the blokes that I used to be looking at. American guys, from Chechnya I watched them. Now, I struggle with them.”
Coming off of the primary resolution win of his occupation, Chimaev doesn’t be expecting to head the space when he fights Diaz. That is the primary bout scheduled for 5 rounds of Chimaev’s occupation. He plans to do what he typically does and be the fourth fighter to prevent Diaz.
“I simply cross in and destroy his face,” Chimaev stated. “If we do placing, I knock him out, and if we cross down, I publish him or destroy his face, make him faucet. We’ll see, no matter, for me it doesn’t topic. I don’t have some recreation plan and that s***. I don’t ask my coaches, I by no means discuss what I’m going to do within the struggle. I simply educate what my trainer stated in my coaching. After we spar, if he says, ‘take him down,’ I take him down, if he says, ‘jab, transfer,’ I do this stuff – I concentrate to him.
“Then I’m going to the struggle and I just do precisely the similar I did within the sparring, and every now and then it’s take him down, publish him. Then I perceive I’ve to do it within the cage as smartly after I come to the struggle. That is my recreation plan, however you don’t see me, like, ‘Oh, he does this, he does that, he jabs like this, and this s***.’ I don’t imagine in recreation plan or this s***. You struggle such as you struggle.”
“One spherical, two rounds,” Chimaev stated of his prediction on when the struggle will finish. “We’ll see.”