In the upcoming UFC 279 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Sept. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nate Diaz will (finally) make his comeback to combat sports action when he clashes with welterweight sensation Khamzat Chimaev.
In what may be the Stockton slugger’s final appearance under the UFC banner. Diaz is still a massive underdog in the betting matchup with “Borz.” However, not everyone believes that this will be the one-sided mismatch that the betting odds indicate.
Jorge Masvidal’s Thoughts
Jorge Masvidal, a welterweight contender, said to MMA Fighting, “I don’t really think Khamzat is as good as they say he is.” I haven’t seen anything that makes me a believer in this guy yet. They probably wanted to pair Diaz with someone. Stylistically, that’s not the best when I think of fucking Khamzat, so they gave him a boring ass wrestler who is going to try and hug his legs, and sniff his crotch. “
Nate vs Edwards
With his 20-13 record after losing to top contender Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021, Diaz, who turned 37 in April, dropped to second place. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 champion suffered his second straight defeat and has now lost three of his last four fights.
In his “Fight of the Night” battle with former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 in April of last year, the 28-year-old Chimaev extended his perfect record to 11-0. The victory over “Durinho” was sufficient to place “Borz” at No. 3 in the official welterweight rankings.
It didn’t turn out the way Masvidal had hoped because that was supposed to be his coming-out party. “A lot of people felt Gilbert won that fight—a lot of people still think Gilbert won that fight. I think Khamzat probably wins, but I can see Nate putting him away in rounds four or five because Khamzat doesn’t have that gas tank. He doesn’t have that experience, and I think he gets too caught up in the moment where he’s wasting energy doing stupid shit. Nate is going to conserve all of that energy and get in his face when it counts. I think Khamzat should win, but I won’t be surprised if Nate stops his ass. “
We’ll find out in roughly one month at UFC 279.
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