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Dana White Says Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz Is the Fight 'That People Will Want to See'

By Tudor Leonte  |  July 27, 2022  |  No Comments

The Ultimate Fighting Championship President looks excited about Nate Diaz's upcoming fight.

After several days of social beef between Dana White and Diaz, the UFC announced they paired the youngest Diaz brother with welterweight rising star Khamzat Chimaev. Diaz and "Borz" will collide at UFC 279 in front of a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming battle is Diaz's last fight on his contract, and it appears that the combat sports superstar isn't willing to find a solution with his current employer. Instead, Diaz has been asking for days to be released and look for other things to do.

Now that all parties involved seem to have found a solution, White discussed the Chimaev-Diaz matchup during a media junket following the Dana White's Contender Series Season 6 premiere.

I care about Nate a lot, I like Nate. Nate came in here long before that fight was ever made and we were talking about it being his last fight. I said, ‘Listen kid.’ You think about the wars that Nate Diaz has put on, the incredible fights, and big fights that he’s done with us, go do whatever you want to do, man. But getting a fight done with him isn’t as easy as it seems. Everybody’s like, ‘Well, why don’t you make a fight?’ Well, he asked for Francis Ngannou, you know? I could go on forever, but I won’t. We got it done. That’s the fight he wanted, we made it, and here we are.

Chimaev seems to be particularly fired up for his next assignment. At 28, the Chechen fighter is looking to solidify his status as the next big thing in the UFC, and a name like Diaz's on his resume would only ease the process. White presented the upcoming UFC 279 headliner as the fight everyone was looking for, considering both fighters' appeal to the audience.

It’s a good fight. It’s a fight that people will want to see. It’s a fight that people will be interested in, so we’re gonna do it.

While Diaz's combat sports career seems far from being done, White concluded by implying that he would retire if he were in Diaz's place.

It’s always sad. Jessica Eye just laid her gloves down, ‘Cowboy’ just laid his gloves down and came and said thank you to me a couple of days ago. It’s one of those things in pro sports that sucks. It eventually comes to an end. My big thing is it’s just all about getting people out at the right time. Some you do, and some you don’t. They’re able to do whatever they want to do so if they want to go and continue to fight, that’s up to them.

Not all promoters agree with White's idea that Diaz should hang the gloves up. Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar de la Hoya foresees a bright future for Diaz, should he transition to boxing.

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