Khamzat Chimaev grew up a Nate Diaz fan. That’s a part of the explanation why he’s excited to share the cage with one of many greatest stars in MMA at UFC 279. The sense of nostalgia and honor, nevertheless, can also be paired with skepticism and a way of doom for his opponent.
“They are saying he don’t like me and I don’t like him, too. I like that man,” Chimaev stated in a current interview with UFC. It’s superb to combat that man. I like him. You’ve seen within the motion pictures. If it wasn’t for me, once I was younger, the UFC was like motion pictures. Like, ‘I’m by no means going to get there. I’m simply going to see that.’ Now, I’m preventing with that man I used to be watching. From Chechnya, I watched fights with them.”
Regardless of his fandom and respect for his opponent, Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) indicated he’s skeptical Diaz (20-13 MMA, 18-12 UFC) exhibits up for the matchup. The welterweight bout is scheduled to headline UFC 279, which takes place Sept. 10 at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view. It marks the final fight on Diaz’s present UFC contract..
“I nonetheless don’t imagine that man will come or present up, that skinny boy,” Chimaev stated. “We’ll see what’s occurring. I’m simply ready for Sept.10. It doesn’t matter who I’ve. I’m coaching. I stated, ‘If you wish to combat at (185 kilos) for his final combat, simply present up. I can combat at (185 kilos). It doesn’t matter.”
A heavy favourite in most sports activities books, Chimaev agrees the matchup is favorable. That stated, Chimaev stated he prepares the identical for each opponent, whether or not champion or debutant. The recipe has been a profitable one to this point, with Chimaev nonetheless unbeaten as an expert.
“In the event that they gave me Kamaru Usman, I’d do the identical factor,” Chimaev stated. “For me, it doesn’t matter. The man is only a fighter. He’s nonetheless harmful. He fights till the final second. I’m joyful he’s preventing with me. He’s one of many legends. He’s one of many ones everyone seems to be talking (about) like, ‘Gangster, gangster.’ I’m going to point out who’s the gangster. Like I instructed earlier than, we’re from Chechnya. … We eat the gangsters for breakfast.”
“… I simply go in and smash his face. If we shall be putting, I’ll knock him out. If we’re taking place, I’ll submit him. I’ll smash his face from high. We’ll see. No matter. For me, it doesn’t matter. I don’t understand how some folks reply on that sh*t.”
If his hunch proves an correct suspicion, Chimaev has a backup plan – or at the least joked of 1.
“I’m going to coach for that 100%, like I do at all times,” Chimaev stated. “We’ll see. We’ll see what Diaz goes to do. If he (doesn’t) present up, I’ll look ahead to his brother.”