Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev Bout Verbally Agreed to for UFC 279 Fight Card

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 19, 2022

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Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev have reached a verbal agreement to fight at UFC 279 on Sept. 10 in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.

UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell relayed the news to ESPN's Brett Okamoto. The Saturday night fight would be a five-round main event, and it would also serve as the last bout of Diaz's UFC contract.

Chimaev provided a clear and succinct comment about the upcoming fight to Okamoto:

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Khamzat Chimaev (<a href="https://twitter.com/KChimaev?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KChimaev</a>) provided this comment about the fight to ESPN. Translated from Swedish by his representative Majdi Shammas.<br><br>"I am going to handle Nate Diaz's funeral with the UFC."

Diaz had been asking his release from the UFC on Twitter if he didn't get a fight imminently.

Nathan Diaz @NateDiaz209

Ufc release now please or give me fight with anyone in July or august <br>I have bigger shit to do <a href="https://t.co/xyYSCBysLs">pic.twitter.com/xyYSCBysLs</a>

Nathan Diaz @NateDiaz209

Send the release πŸ“„ <br><br>πŸ‘±πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ₯Š

However, it appears that one final fight in Diaz's contract will come to fruition.

The 28-year-old Chimaev is 11-0 as a professional with six knockouts and four submission victories. The Russian-born Swede most recently defeated Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision at UFC 273 in April. Chimaev is ranked as the No. 3 contender for the UFC welterweight belt held by champion Kamaru Usman.

Diaz is 20-13 lifetime. The 37-year-old most recently lost to No. 2 welterweight contender Leon Edwards via unanimous decision at UFC 263 in June 2021. His resume includes wins over Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, Jim Miller and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.


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