MMA News Roundup: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz and Not Chandler at UFC 300?, Khamzat Chimaev Hints at Return, Mike Perry Wants Jake Paul Despite Ryan Bourland Update

Published 01/31/2024, 5:02 AM EST

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As usual, there have been several developments in the world of MMA. However, fans often miss out on the most significant events due to the paucity of time and strenuous daily schedules. Nevertheless, we’re back with another edition of the daily roundup to keep you up-to-date with the key happenings over the last 24 hours.

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First of all, we will start with Daniel Cormier, who believes Conor McGregor could consider fighting Nate Diaz instead of Michael Chandler. Then we will turn our attention to Khamzat Chimaev, who provided an update regarding his next fight. Finally, we will sum up the daily news compilation with Mike Perry, who issued a callout to Jake Paul.

Will Conor McGregor consider fighting Nate Diaz on his return?

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5th-ranked lightweight contender Michael Chandler has been touted as the opponent for Conor McGregor when the Irishman makes his comeback. However, there has been no official announcement about the fight yet, with Dana White even acting unsure of the former double champion’s announcement about the return in June. Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier believes that there’s something else waiting for McGregor. He could be fighting his former rival, Nate Diaz.

“If McGregor fights Diaz, that is what I believe draws the general fan in as much as anything that they could do in the UFC right now,” said Daniel Cormier. Claiming that the two fights Conor McGregor had against Nate Diaz saw record numbers, ‘DC’ believes that there’s no bigger fight than these in all of MMA at the moment.

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“It is still two of the highest-grossing PPVs in UFC history. These two men, when you put them together, make a lot of money,” Cormier further added. This fight could be a possibility given that Nate Diaz had earlier mentioned wanting to return to the Octagon for another run. It remains to be seen how Dana White navigates this situation, as we approach Conor McGregor’s return.

Khamzat Chimaev shares an update on social media

Having mentioned his interest in fighting Dricus du Plessis for the title, Khamzat Chimaev recently spurred speculations with a cryptic post on social media. The undefeated star shared a video on Instagram, where he mentioned that an announcement about his upcoming fight could come anytime soon. He said, “Something is about to happen.”

 

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Khamzat Chimaev shared this news after he expressed wanting to fight for the title at UFC 300. While there have been some speculations about a potential fight between Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya, ‘Borz’, in a recent interview, revealed how surprised he would be if the next title challenger is not him. We will have to wait for the development to uncover what awaits Chimaev.

Mike Perry wants Jake Paul in a boxing match

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BKFC star Mike Perry has joined the list of fighters who called out Jake Paul. ‘Platinum’ wants to fight the YouTuber-turned-boxer in a boxing match. During a recent appearance on the ‘Overdogs’ podcast, Perry said, “Jake Paul, the fight needs to happen, bro. You and me, let’s go. You knocked that dude [Andre August] out real quick in that last boxing match here in Orlando. F***ing, let’s go. Stop Ducking.”

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Mike Perry further went on to say that he wanted to fight Jake Paul in the co-main event spot of the David Benavidez vs Canelo Álvarez card. “Me and You, co-main event at the Benavidez card… we need something incredible, dawg, I deserve it,” He added. Meanwhile, Jake Paul announced his upcoming against a 17-2 boxer, Ryan Bourland on March 2. We will have to wait and see how Jake Paul responds to this callout and if he considers fighting yet another UFC fighter.

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