“Attempted Murder by the UFC”- Fans React in Shock to the UFC Booking Nate Diaz Against Khamzat Chimaev

Published 07/20/2022, 1:01 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

All eyes are on Nate Diaz. The UFC fighter has been requesting the promotion for a fight and it seems they finally have an opponent for him. It is none other than the rising welterweight fighter, Khamzat Chimaev.

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‘ESPN MMA’ shared that the UFC is still in the process of finalizing a matchup between the two fighters. The fight is being targeted to headline UFC 279, which takes place on September 29 in Las Vegas.

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While Diaz’s fans would love nothing more than to see him fight in the Octagon, they are also worried about him. After all, the Russian-born opponent has never lost a single bout in professional MMA. His recent fight against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 was a difficult one. He nonetheless managed to win through a unanimous decision.

Hence, people doubt if it is a good matchup for the ‘Stockton Slugger‘. Here’s how fans reacted.

 

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A fan wrote, “He is not going to leave the ufc walking but he is going to go on a stretcher”.

Several people commented, “RIP Nate”.

Another fan felt the fighter might have angered the UFC President Dana White. Hence, they wrote, “Damn he p*ssed off dana lol here’s ur last fight enjoy khamzet lol”.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Another fan was skeptical about the matchup, as he/she commented, “Attempted murder by the ufc”.

A social media user commented, “If he dies, he dies – Dana White”.

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“D**n the UFC wants to execute Nate in his final fight,” wrote another person.

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In an interview with ‘BT Sport’ last year, the promoter spoke about how Diaz wanted to fight Kamaru Usman– the welterweight champion. As per White, that matchup would have been feeding Diaz to the wolves.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 05: Nate Diaz reacts to his victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, with the Diaz-Chimaev bout in the talks, many feel the Chimaev fight too is the same.

A person had even commented, “Literally feeding nate to the wolves”.

Another fan commented, “That’s the punishment for nate for talking too much”.

“Why do you gotta ruin everyone’s childhood like this Dana?” questioned a concerned fan.

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“Damn Dana really hates Diaz”.

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“Dana said “You want a matchup? Here”,” wrote another.

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‘ESPN MMA’ also reported that the contracts have not yet been signed. However, both the fighters verbally agreed to the fight.

What do you think about this matchup? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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