Nate Diaz Lashes Out at Khabib Nurmagomedov for Hiding After Beating Conor McGregor

Published 02/10/2021, 1:40 PM EST


Nate Diaz recently talked with Ariel Helwani in an interview. Diaz hasn’t fought since his UFC 244 loss against Jorge Masvidal in 2019. Fans want to see the Stockton native back in action sooner rather than later, as he is one of the finest entertainers the UFC has ever had. Diaz though has kept an eye on the current landscape of the UFC.

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He didn’t quite like how UFC lightweight champion Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has carried himself since defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in 2018. Diaz believes Nurmagomedov has been hiding since his win over ‘The Notorious’ as that is the Dagestani’s biggest achievement in his career.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States enters the ring for his fight 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)

“Well, I’m just saying like, it was all everything was for him and his favor and like, what Khabib’s doing right now is what I probably should have done. They learned that from me not doing that too, you know,said Diaz.

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I’m saying they’re hiding in the hills. Like, that’s all his biggest accomplishments when he is hiding out. I was like, not gonna do that. I ain’t no punk,” he added.

Nurmagomedov has competed twice since defeating McGregor. He has announced retirement after successfully defending his throne at UFC 254. Whether the undefeated Russian fights again will be seen.

Nate Diaz vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: a dream fight

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Diaz and Nurmagomedov is a fight that has never been booked. But it would have been a fantastic spectacle for the fans had they ever fought, to say the least. Diaz is a fantastic jiu-jitsu player which could prove handy against Nurmagomedov’s dominant wrestling skills. Also, his stand-up game is one of the best in the game.

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)

We would have been in for a 5-round war had they ever fought. But the chances of that fight happening are very slim on the current landscape.

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What did you make of Nate Diaz‘s assessment of ‘The Eagle‘? Is Nurmagomedov really hiding?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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