‘The Wolf’ was in what was billed as the toughest fight of his career at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi this past weekend but looked untroubled throughout his three-minute fight with Jingliang.
Chimaev picked up his opponent early in the fight and slammed him to the mat. The undefeated prospect chatted with the UFC president who was cageside while he worked on submitting his tough opponent who he choked out in the first round.
Post-fight, talk quickly turned to who Chimaev will face next. The man himself is keen on a match-up with UFC fan favourite Nate Diaz.
“Hey, Diaz, let’s go, brother,” Chimaev said post-fight at UFC 267. “Let’s go. You gonna get some smoke, bro. Let’s see who is the real gangster.”
“This guy is like nothing anybody’s ever seen,” White said. “When you think about it, he’s got more UFC wins than he’s been hit inside the Octagon. That’s insane! And the other night, our social team, they filmed his walkout live on Instagram live. It broke the record. It was the biggest Instagram live we have ever done.”
The UFC boss went on to address Chimaev’s call out of Diaz.
“Yeah, we are going to talk to Nate about it,” White said before adding that he is “100 percent” down to book Chimaev against Diaz if the Stockton, California native wants the fight.
Nate Diaz’s UFC Future Remains Unclear
Diaz hasn’t fought since dropping to a decision defeat against Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June. Diaz was outgunned for large portions of the history-making five-round fight but almost sprung an upset in the dying embers of the bout. Diaz had ‘Rocky’ on wobbly legs in the final frame but was unable to capitalize fully before the round and fight came to an end.
Since then, a fight with Vicente Luque has been discussed but seems unlikely to come to fruition. Diaz has just one fight left on his current UFC deal and it appears the promotion would prefer to book the veteran against someone else in what could be his last fight in the UFC.
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