© Photo : UFC RussiaKhamzat Chimaev
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MOSCOW, 27 Jul – The President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, said that the American welterweight fighter Nate Diaz himself wanted to fight with the Swede of Chechen origin Khamzat Chimaev.
The fight will be the main event of the 279th UFC tournament, which will be held September 10 in Las Vegas. Earlier it was reported that this fight will be the last for Diaz under a contract with the UFC.
“I appreciate Nate, I like him. Diaz approached me shortly before the fight with Chimaev was arranged. We talked about how this would be his last fight. which he held. I told him: “Listen, do whatever you want.” But organizing a fight with him was not as easy as it seems, “White is quoted by MMA Junkie.
“Everyone asked why we didn’t organize the fight. Well, he asked Francis Ngannou, you know? I can go on forever, but I won’t. We did it. Diaz wanted this fight, he got it. The audience will be happy to see this fight,” added the head of the UFC.
Earlier, former UFC fighter Dan Hardy criticized the promotion for organizing this fight. The ex-athlete said that Chimaev would beat Diaz live.
Chimaev is 27 years old, he has 11 victories in mixed martial arts and not a single defeat. All victories, except for the last one, he won ahead of schedule no later than the second round. Diaz is 37 years old and has 20 wins and 13 losses.