Dana White Planning to Speak to Nate Diaz Regarding Potential Khamzhat Chimaev Bout

By: Tristen Critchfield
Nov 2, 2021

Shortly after Khamzat Chimaev’s dominant victory over Jinliang Li at UFC 267, he took a moment to issue a high-profile callout to one of the promotion’s biggest stars.

Hey, Diaz, let’s go, brother,” Chimaev said in a post-fight media session. “Let’s go. You gonna get some smoke, bro. Let’s see who is the real gangster.”

Diaz, of course, is notoriously picky when it comes to opponents. The Stockton, Calif., native latst appeared at UFC 263, where he lost a unanimous decision to Leon Edwards in June. In an interview with TMZ Sports, UFC president Dana White said that the organization will at least entertain the thought of a Diaz vs. Chimaev booking.

“We’re gonna talk to Nate about it,” White said. “100 percent [down].”

Even if Diaz declines, White is impressed with the star potential of Chimaev, who has overwhelmed all four of his foes in the Octagon. That suggest a big promotional push for the Allstars Training Center representative as time goes on.

“One hundred percent, this guy is like nothing that anybody’s ever seen,” White said. “When you think about, he’s got more UFC wins than he’s been hit inside the Octagon. Insane. And the other night, our social team, they filmed his walkout on Instagram Live, it broke the record. It’s the biggest Instagram Live we’ve ever done.”

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