After months of publicly demanding the UFC grant him the ultimate struggle on his contract, Nick Diaz has a date for his subsequent struggle. UFC chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell tells ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev have verbally agreed to battle within the welterweight major occasion of UFC 279, which takes place Sept. 10 from T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas.
Diaz, one of many UFC’s hottest fighters, was recently reported to not solely have only one struggle remaining on his contract, however that the contract was set to run out in October. Diaz was just lately interviewed on “The MMA Hour” the place he accused the promotion of holding him hostage, saying the UFC had supplied him fights however all the time connected to a contract extension. As a substitute, he was seeking to struggle out his deal and transfer on to the post-UFC stage of his profession.
Already a fighter with stable identify worth, partly as a consequence of being the brother of longtime UFC veteran Nick Diaz, in addition to the winner of season 5 of “The Final Fighter,” Diaz’s inventory rose significantly in 2016 when he stepped up on brief discover and handed Conor McGregor his first loss within the UFC.
Diaz went on to lose the rematch to McGregor by slim determination later in that yr and plenty of have thought the UFC had an final aim of a rubber match between the pair. That by no means materialized, nevertheless, and Diaz has gone simply 1-2 since. He has, nevertheless, repeatedly known as for a bout with Chimaev all through 2022.
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Chimaev has been one of many UFC’s fastest-rising stars. Debuting with a dominant submission over John Phillips in July 2020, Chimaev fought once more simply 10 days later with an much more spectacular victory over Rhys McKee. In his first 4 fights within the UFC, the place Chimaev alternated between competing within the middleweight and welterweight divisions, he took just one mixed vital strike.
This previous April, Chimaev took his greatest step updated when he confronted former title contender Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. The back-and-forth struggle in the end went Chimaev’s method when he took a unanimous determination victory, however not with out some scary moments within the bout.
“I’m going to deal with Nate Diaz’s funeral with the UFC,” Chimaev instructed Okomoto by way of a consultant.