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Nate Diaz says he turned down UFC fight with rising star Khamzat Chimaev

Nate Diaz said that he recently rejected the fight against the rise UFC star Khamzat Chimaev amid reports that the two may go head to head.

Diaz has one fight left on his UFC contract, and rumors suggest the Californian could be paired with Chimaev – perhaps in an attempt to further raise his profile.

Chimaev is undefeated 10-0, and the Russian-Swede has won 4-0 in the UFC since his debut last year. He won all 10 of his professional fights by stoppage, significantly absorbing just one key shot in the UFC.

Diaz (20-13) shot to fame with a subdued victory over Conor McGregor briefly in March 2016, although the 36-year-old has fought four times since, losing three of them.

“They are coming to me with [Khamzat], and I said, “Come on, don’t disrespect me like that, try to ask me to fight a rookie,” Diaz said. TMZ.

“I’m cool, you’ve got four fights in the UFC. Don’t even say my name. “

Chimaev, who last fought in October, has seen his Instagram follower count grow to 2.9 million as a result of his ruthless performances and seemingly unstable confidence.

Chimaev’s most recent victory – beat Li Jingliang at UFC 267 – saw the 27-year-old break into the rankings at 10th, although he has since dropped to 11th.

Khamzat Chimaev won all 10 of his professional matches in extra time

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That technicality seems to be working against Chimaev in his attempt to take on Diaz, who has said he only wants one opponent in the top 10.

“I’m trying to fight someone in the UFC, as soon as possible, but nobody wants to fight. I was trying to get someone for a minute,” said Diaz, who was pointed out by Leon Edwards in his most recent match, in June.

“Anyone in the top 10, I try to fight – in any weight class – but they all want to keep their mouths shut because they’re all scared.”

Chimaev quickly replied to Diaz, writing on Twitter: “You fake gangster @ NateDiaz209 and I don’t care who will fight, I come for everyone, where are you all gangsters and kings?

“I am here to kill everyone, I am the king here, I am the gangster here.

“You are the easiest person to earn money for me @ NateDiaz209“, Chimaev wrote in a follow-up Tweet, before adding: “Hi my brother [Nick], told him not to be afraid of me.

“I don’t hit my ex, he knows what I mean, in Vegas I just wanted to say hi. Well, the poor ran away.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/ufc/nate-diaz-khamzat-chimaev-fight-ufc-b1969265.html Nate Diaz says he turned down UFC fight with rising star Khamzat Chimaev

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