If one appears on the odds and listens to some present and UFC fighters, one would suppose Nate Diaz goes to be welcomed into the octagon at UFC 279 by Anton Chigurh and his cattle gun.
Former two-division UFC champion and present UFC commentator Daniel Cormier called the fight a “mismatch.” Ex-UFC fighter Dan Hardy said, “It seems like we’re attending to the purpose the place somebody ought to begin enthusiastic about urgent prices.” In the meantime, one other ex-two-division champ, Henry Cejudo said of the matchup, “I believe they need, they wish to feed him (Diaz) to a shark.”
In the meantime, the person Diaz is dealing with in the primary occasion of UFC 279, Khamzat Chimaev has largely confirmed respect to his upcoming opponent.
“After all, after all,” Chimaev mentioned on The MMA Hour when requested if he respects Diaz. “You need to respect all the blokes who’re combating on the prime. Nate and his brother (Nick), they’re all the time going to warfare, they’re robust guys.”
As for many who suppose Chimaev goes to run over Diaz once they meet on September 10, the 11-0 fighter recalled that when he was beginning out, he was in an identical place and he is aware of you’ll be able to’t rely out any underdog.
“Once I was starting my profession, I used to be combating a man (who was) 8-0,” Chimaev recalled. “He was world champion, one thing like that. Some guys from my nation (mentioned), ‘Oh, that man’s gonna beat you,’ and (I used to be solely 1-0.).”
Chimaev can also be dismissive of those that take a look at Diaz’s report and up to date efforts and take into account him washed up or a fighter who’s being put in a harmful place by combating a rising star 9 years youthful and who has far fewer miles on him.
“And now, individuals are saying, ‘Oh, you’re gonna win the battle.’ However Diaz misplaced his fights,” Chimaev mentioned. “That’s why I believe he’s an underdog. If he was on a successful streak, this needs to be like 50-50. Individuals gonna suppose like, ‘Oh, he’s additionally good condition.’ Now, everybody speaking the man’s like outdated and this shit. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a battle. Combating is harmful, ? I’m simply joyful to battle with that man.”
Chimaev is taking a wise strategy to this battle. He’s sitting there with a fireplace locker by his aspect. Inside that OSHA-approved security cupboard is a bucket of gasoline. Chimaev can both throw that gasoline into the fireplace that’s Nate Diaz and spark a blaze of trash speak and remonstrances from the Diaz Military or he can go away the flammable materials locked inside the cupboard. To this point, Chimaev is preserving issues protected and safe.
That’s a sensible strategy to the upcoming bout. It won’t be the enjoyable transfer for followers or the promotion, but when issues go sideways and Diaz scores a large and memorable upset victory, Chimaev can fall again and say, “hey, I revered his abilities as a fighter, even when the followers, pundits, oddsmakers and matchmakers didn’t.”