Nate Diaz is Being Fed to Dangerous ‘Shark’ Khamzat Chimaev According to Henry Cejudo

Nate Diaz‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo believes the UFC is trying to diminish Nate Diaz’s earning potential outside of the company by feeding him to a “shark” in what would likely be his final fight with the promotion. Nate Diaz has been lobbying for a fight for months with little success. With Diaz on the last bout […]

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‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo believes the UFC is trying to diminish Nate Diaz’s earning potential outside of the company by feeding him to a “shark” in what would likely be his final fight with the promotion.

Nate Diaz has been lobbying for a fight for months with little success. With Diaz on the last bout of his contract, the Stockton native looks to move on from the organization and take advantage of financial opportunities elsewhere. To speed up the process, Diaz has called for a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor and has been recently linked to fights with Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. So far, none of those fights have come to fruition leading many fans to ask why. 

During an episode of ‘Triple C & The Schmo Shoe’, Cejudo claimed that the UFC intends to feed Diaz to rising prospect Khamzat Chimaev. The goal is to use Diaz as another big money fight for Chimaev while damaging the credibility and drawing power of Diaz when he attempts to sign with another organization.

“Yeah, right now the UFC, I think they want, they want to feed him to a shark,” said Cejudo.  “That’s why they’re trying to kill… Because Diaz knows that there’s so much money to be made outside the UFC, that he doesn’t even care what millions they’re gonna end up giving him.”

According to Cejudo, Diaz’s exit from the UFC could give leverage to other fighters looking for a way out of the promotion to seize more lucrative opportunities.

“I do believe that Nate leaving the UFC is just going to generate more money for fighters, and kind of giving that leverage to fighters like: Hey man, it’s not the UFC, is not the only place where you can make a good living.”

Nate Diaz Asks For His UFC Release Online

Diaz has been active on social media as of late, calling out the UFC and Dana White, even going as far as to ask for his outright release on Twitter.

“I Would like to request to be released from the @ufc @danawhite @hunter. I apologize for asking online but u don’t give me a fight asap I got shit to do,” tweeted Diaz.

Diaz created quite the stir online when he posted a picture of himself appearing to urinate on the grounds of the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

Do you want to see Nate Diaz fight for the UFC one more time or do you believe Diaz should be granted his release from the promotion?

Khamzat Chimaev Calls For UFC Title Fight Against Kamaru Usman: ‘Tell Me When You’re Ready’

Khamzat ChimaevSurging undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev has once more called his shot at division kingpin, Kamaru Usman – urging the UFC pound-for-pound best to let him know when he is ready to share the Octagon with him in a championship battle.  Khamzat Chimaev, a native of Chechnya, managed to scoop the #3 rank in the […]

Khamzat Chimaev

Surging undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev has once more called his shot at division kingpin, Kamaru Usman – urging the UFC pound-for-pound best to let him know when he is ready to share the Octagon with him in a championship battle. 

Khamzat Chimaev, a native of Chechnya, managed to scoop the #3 rank in the official welterweight pile last month on the main card of UFC 273, defeating one-time title challenger, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Gilbert Burns with a close, back-and-forth unanimous decision win in Jacksonville, Florida.

The victory came as Chimaev’s 11th straight professionally, and fifth under the banner of the UFC since his move to the organization from Brave CF in July 2020.

Khamzat Chimaev was initially linked with a title-eliminator against Colby Covington

Off the back of his triumph against Sanford MMA staple, Burns, Chimaev was immediately linked with a potential title-eliminator against former interim gold holder, Colby Covington – with UFC president, Dana White noting his interest in booking a fight between the two atop an ABC broadcasted card. 

With no movement on a fight with Covington – or a speculated July matchup against Stockton veteran, Nate Diaz, Chimaev momentarily switched his focus to championship donning duo, Usman, as well as middleweight best, Israel Adesanya.

In another swipe at Auchi native, Usman on his official Twitter account, Chimaev shared a side-by-side picture of himself and the Nigerian with the caption – “Tell me when you’re ready @USMAN84kg (Kamaru Usman),” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted.

Before his victory over Burns, Chimaev landed a quartet of truly one-sided wins over Li Jingliang, Gerald Meerschaert, Rhys McKee, and John Philips. 

For Usman, the Trevor Wittman trainee has been all but pencilled to defend his undisputed crown against past-foe, Leon Edwards this year in his next outing under the UFC banner, however, an earmarked July return has been halted amid recent surgery to address a ligament injury in his hand.

Coach: Chimaev Didn’t Do Anything We Worked On At UFC 273

Khamzat Chimaev got the win at UFC 273 but not by following the game plan. Chimaev is a rising star in the UFC. Since making his debut in the summer of 2020 in Fight Island, he has been turning heads. He is now 5-0 in the UFC and just got his first win over a…

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Khamzat Chimaev got the win at UFC 273 but not by following the game plan.

Chimaev is a rising star in the UFC. Since making his debut in the summer of 2020 in Fight Island, he has been turning heads. He is now 5-0 in the UFC and just got his first win over a top-five opponent. His win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 might have put him in a good position for a title shot soon.

If the fight against Burns showed one thing it is that Chimeav can go the distance. It was the first decision victory of his professional career. Some fans and critics believe that his weaknesses may have been exposed in that fight, but his coaches have another theory.

“Of course, I didn’t like the way that he wanted to knock the guy out and show everyone that, ‘Look, I’m just gonna walk through this guy as well.’ We had a game plan,” Chimaev’s coach Andreas Michael told MMA Fighting. “The game plan was that he should just keep it simple… He goes in there and tries to knock the guy’s head off from the first moment, which was not the plan. The plan was to box him, keep the jab going. That’s the way to handle that situation. He did absolutely everything we didn’t work on.”

Following the bout, Chimaev himself was disappointed in his performance. Although he acknowledged that he had made mistakes, he seemed eager to right his wrongs and get back to work.

Chimaev has been asking for a fight with Colby Covington next and although the UFC might be interested in that fight, there are plenty of options available to Chimaev, including recent reports of a potential Chimaev/Nate Diaz pairing.

What did you think of Chimaev’s performance at UFC 273 against Gilbert Burns?

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Muhammad Unwilling To Be Official Backup To Usman vs. Edwards

UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad isn’t interested in being an official backup for the upcoming title fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards, but he is open to fighting on the same card. In an interview with MMA Junkie where Muhammad also left Kamaru Usman off his welterweight Mount Rushmore, “Remember the Name” was asked…

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UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad isn’t interested in being an official backup for the upcoming title fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards, but he is open to fighting on the same card.

In an interview with MMA Junkie where Muhammad also left Kamaru Usman off his welterweight Mount Rushmore, “Remember the Name” was asked if he’d be willing to weigh in as a backup for the planned welterweight title fight between Usman and Edwards.

Muhammad was quick to dismiss the idea of being a backup.

“I’d rather be on the card with them,” Muhammad said. “I don’t want to make weight just to make weight,” Muhammad said. If I’m on a card with them, I’d rather have that. I’ll be on the same card and then if one of them ends up pulling out, I’ll hop in that way.

“If you’re really thinking about it, if I do end up fighting [Khamzat] Chimaev or something, training for him would be the same as training for Usman,” Muhammad explained.

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Competing in the UFC since 2016 and currently on a three-fight win streak, the 33-year-old Muhammad understands the value of a chance at the title.

When asked if he thought that fighters who weigh-in as backups are mentally and physically prepared to fight, Muhammad provided the following response.

“For me, to get my first title shot and get a chance at it, I’d want it to be legit where I know for 8 weeks that’s all I’m focused on.”

Currently the UFC’s #5-ranked welterweight, Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad earned a unanimous decision victory in his most recent fight against Vincente Luque last month.

In addition to it being Muhammad’s second UFC main event, the Chicago native also avenged his 2016 knockout loss to Luque. Muhammad is currently on a three-fight win streak after his 2021 bout with Leon Edwards was stopped due to an eye poke and declared a No Contest.

If Muhammad really does intend to fight on the same card as Usman vs. Edwards, he’ll have to wait until the fight has a confirmed date. There’s also the question of the opponent, as there are very few welterweights ranked above him following that win over Luque.

With Edwards set to challenge Usman for the title and Gilbert Burns coming off a loss to Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington and Chimaev appear to be the only matchups that make sense if Muhammad wants to keep climbing the welterweight rankings.

What do you think of Muhammad’s comments on the idea of weighing in as a backup fighter?

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Luke Rockhold Reveals Khamzat Chimaev Turned Down Fight At Middleweight – “I Think That Was A Wise Move”

Luke RockholdFormer UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has revealed that Khamzat Chimaev turned down a fight between the two men, preferring to continue his run in the welterweight division. Rockhold has not competed in the UFC since 2019, when he had a failed venture up to light heavyweight. However, the former champ is now ready to […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has revealed that Khamzat Chimaev turned down a fight between the two men, preferring to continue his run in the welterweight division.

Rockhold has not competed in the UFC since 2019, when he had a failed venture up to light heavyweight. However, the former champ is now ready to return to his natural division. One of the potential opponents initially touted to face Rackhold was rising welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev, who has also previously competed at 185lbs.

In a recent interview with ESPN MMA, Rockhold stated that

“Khamzat didn’t take the fight, by the way, we were set to fight,” he concluded. “He wanted to stay at 170. I think that was a wise move for him at this point.”

Luke Rockhold to face Paulo Costa at UFC 277

Whilst Luke Rockhold will not be facing Khamzat Chimaev next, he does have an oppoennt booked. Rockhold will face off against former title challenger Paulo Costa at UFC 277 in July.

Costa is currently riding a two fight losing streak, having come up short against Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. For a time, it seemed likely that Costa’s future would be at light heavyweight, after he missed the weight limit by over 10lbs for the Vettori fight.

However, he will now face Rockhold, as both men attempt to rejuinate their 185lb careers. Speaking with ESPN, Rockhold discussed the fight, stating that:

“[The challenge] gets me up in the morning. I’m not here to fight bums. I’m here to fight people that have proven their worth, that gets me excited. I don’t get excited to get up and fight f—king idiots. Honestly, the Sean Strickland thing wasn’t that motivating. Paulo, he’s tested himself against the best and he’s just a f—king piece of s—t, he’s a meathead. So there’s certain parts about him that just get me excited to go correct the situation and get back on top. I want people that motivate me” (H/T MMA Mania).

How do you see Luke Rockhold vs. Paulo Costa playing out?

Ranking the Best Opponents for Nate Diaz’s Last UFC Fight

We know Nate Diaz has one fight left on his UFC contract. And that’s about all we know. Will the UFC re-sign him? Will he head to Bellator or PFL ? Will he …

We know Nate Diaz has one fight left on his UFC contract. And that’s about all we know. Will the UFC re-sign him? Will he head to Bellator or PFL ? Will he …