Khamzat Chimaev says Nate Diaz must be counting his fortunate stars that their welterweight matchup headlining UFC 279 was canceled as a result of former lacking weight.
Khamzat went on to combat Kevin Holland at a catchweight of 180 kilos, whereas Diaz locked horns with Tony Ferguson within the UFC 279 principal occasion. The previous steamrolled Holland within the first spherical, whereas the latter caught Ferguson with a submission in spherical 4.
Chimaev wasn’t impressed with Diaz nor Ferguson final night time and stated he would have killed Diaz had their combat gone forward as scheduled.
“Kevin Holland, robust man, stronger man, significantly better than Diaz,” Chimaev stated on the UFC 279 post-fight press convention (h/t Sherdog). “If Diaz and him had been preventing, Holland would kill him. I completed that man, really easy, first spherical.
“So yeah, Diaz has to thank God he didn’t combat me.”
“Did you see how they kicked, how they punched, how they wrestled, how they grappled? These guys are previous,” he added. “I’m younger, I’m the killer.”
As for what’s subsequent, Chimaev nonetheless believes he ought to get the subsequent title shot at welterweight regardless of lacking weight by over 7 kilos on Friday.
“Who’re they going to offer it to? Who’s subsequent there? Everybody loses the combat,” Khamzat stated. “Colby [Covington] loses two or three fights in a row. [Jorge] Masvidal loses, when was his final win? In opposition to Diaz. Did you see Diaz combat? So horrible.”
Chimaev is undefeated within the UFC at 6-0 and is at the moment #3 within the UFC welterweight rankings. He’s thought of one of the vital proficient fighters within the promotion and believes he’s destined to turn out to be a two-division champion.