Khamzat Chimaev Has Ice Cold Reaction To Headlining Matchup Against Nate Diaz At UFC 279


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MMA fans finally know who Nate Diaz will meet in his last fight with the UFC. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Didz will fight Khamzat Chimaev in the headliner for UFC 279.

Chimaev gave an ice cold response to the big announcement.

While Diaz isn’t the toughest opponent Chimaev has faced at this point in his career, he will certainly be the highest profile matchup yet in his career.

The matchup also represents an opportunity for Chimaev to impress in front of a big crowd as he is a nightmare matchup for Diaz.

Chimaev has put together 5 consecutive wins to start his UFC career, bouncing between the welterweight and middleweight divisions. In this fights, he has displayed plenty of power in his hands and some strong wrestling ability.

During his stints at welterweight, Nate Diaz hasn’t dealt particularly well with wrestlers. He was taken down 3 times by Dong Hyun Kim and spent over 8 minutes on his back during that fight. Then he was taken down 7 times by Rory McDonald in his next fight. In his most recent fight, Diaz was taken down 4 times by Leon Edwards.

If Diaz doesn’t find a way to deal with Chimaev’s wrestling from early on in the fight, this could be a sad ending to Diaz’s memorable UFC career.