‘I’m Coming For You’- Khamzat Chimaev Teases a Potential Matchup Against Nick Diaz

Published 04/26/2021, 9:49 PM EDT


Khamzat Chimaev was undoubtedly the biggest breakout star in 2020. The 26-year-old burst onto the scene on fight Island and in the blink of an eye became one of the biggest names in the UFC. ‘Borz’ has three fights and three finishes in the UFC, the most recent one being a 17-second knockout of veteran Gerald Meerschaert. 

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‘Borz’ fought three times in his first two months in the promotion. However, due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus, ‘Borz’ has not been able to compete since September 2020. White stated that his comeback fight would be a litmus test against a top-ranked opponent. If recent reports are true, it looks as though Chimaev is set for a mega-fight. 

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Will Khamzat Chimaev welcome Nick Diaz back to the octagon?

Chimaev recently took to Instagram to share a photo of him alongside Nick Diaz. The caption said, “@nickdiaz209 surprise surprise i’m coming for you #209”

The elder Diaz brother was in attendance at UFC 261. In the post-fight press conference, Dana White confirmed that Diaz was in attendance to talk to him about a potential comeback fight. White further stated that Chimaev vs Diaz was a possibility. 

Diaz has been away from the sport for six years now. His last bout was a no-contest in January 2015 against Anderson Silva. Diaz is not only an excellent fighter but one of the biggest names in the UFC.

A fight against Diaz will do Chimaev a world of good. If he is able to beat a former title contender and a top name in Diaz, he will establish himself as a bonafide contender. On the other hand, if a 37-year-old fighter who has been out of action for 6 years is able to beat ‘Borz,’ it would derail the hype train that is Khamzat Chimaev.

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Neither a date nor a venue for Diaz’s comeback is known at this point. However, recent posts on Instagram suggest Diaz is in good shape and should be able to get in the octagon fairly soon. 

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What do you make of Nick Diaz returning to the octagon? Who would you like to see him face? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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