The welterweight stars have verbally agreed to meet in the main event of UFC 279, which takes place Sept. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Diaz and Chimaev have long been rumored to fight one another, and while several other options were also in play, it appears Diaz will get his wish and meet Chimaev in what will be the final fight of his UFC contract.
The undefeated Chimaev — No. 3 at welterweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings — seeks his sixth UFC win coming off of a “Fight of the Night” thriller against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. On the other side, Diaz has won just one fight in the past six years, a unanimous decision nod over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August 2019.
See what the pros had to say about the apparent mismatch here:
Betr believe I’m putting my money on Nate Diaz to win versus fake Khabib— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 20, 2022
I hope Nate and Leon both win and ruin everyone’s plans— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 19, 2022
Not a fan , one is chasing the title and the other just wants out. https://t.co/XAv4BiHexO— Eric Albarracin (@CPTdasAmericas) July 19, 2022
Nate Diaz by Sub & I painfully stand on that!— Joe Joe Giannetti (@Giannettimma) July 19, 2022