UFC 279: Dana White defends Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev mismatch, doesn’t feel sorry about losing Diaz-McGregor trilogy
Nate Diaz started his UFC occupation as a lightweight alternatively now competes at 170 pounds on account of cutting weight sucks and Diaz grew to transform 37 once more in April. For his next (and supreme) venture, the former “Ultimate Fighter” champ will battle welterweight contender and decorated world wrestler Khamzat Chimaev, who moreover holds an ideal file at middleweight.
So is this an “assassination check out” by means of UFC to punish Diaz for his massive mouth?
“I care about Nate such a lot,” UFC President Dana White suggested journalists on Tuesday. “I in reality like Nate, and Nate were given right here in proper right here, long previous to that battle was once as soon as ever made, and we were talking about it being his closing battle… You imagine the wars that Nate Diaz has put on and the implausible fights and the massive fights that he’s achieved with us, cross do regardless of you wish to have to do, man. Then again getting a battle achieved with him isn’t so simple as seems. Everybody’s like, ‘Neatly, why don’t you make a battle?’ Neatly, he asked for Francis Ngannou. I would possibly simply cross on ceaselessly, alternatively I won’t. We got it achieved. That’s the battle he wanted.”
Diaz vs. Chimaev headlines the UFC 279 pay-per-view (PPV) on Sept. 10 in Las Vegas.
This marks the remainder battle on the Stockton slugger’s present contract, because of this that lovers would possibly not ever get that “explicit’ trilogy between Diaz and longtime rival Conor McGregor. Diaz submitted “Notorious” at UFC 196 once more in early 2016 alternatively then dropped a majority decision in their UFC 202 rematch only some months later.
“Conor’s not in a position however,” White said. “Conor’s leg isn’t healed however. Nate would possibly simply obviously take a seat down spherical and look forward to that, alternatively he doesn’t want it. He needs to go, and we’re going. That’s a type of fights you are able to do any time, alternatively no, it not at all worked out that means. Listen, in the event you occur to get two guys like Conor and Nate, who need to battle each and every other unhealthy enough, it in any case finally ends up going down. It’s not like, ‘Oh God, I not at all got the chance to make No. 3.’ The principle two were awesome. If it happens, it happens, alternatively we got enough out of the main two.”
McGregor remains to be healing from a broken leg and would possibly not return until early 2023.