Khamzat Chimaev isnt sure why Nate Diaz is beneath the impression that Borz doesnt like him before their welterweight matchup at UFC 279.
Diaz may be entering this fight with a chip on his shoulder, but Chimaev really wants to reassure the latter he does not have any bad blood and doesnt want what to turn sour in the pre-fight buildup.
Khamzat (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) actually was raised watching Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) fight on TV and says it’ll be an honor to talk about the cage with a genuine O.G. of the activity on Sept. 10.
Nate, he said like, He dont like me, I dont like him, this kind of stuff. I love that guy, Chimaev clarified throughout a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA News). I (grew) through to him, you understand? I was in school when he was fighting in the UFC. Its amazing to fight that guy, and I love him.
Khamzat also respects Diaz for accepting the fight knowing he could be increasing against a much younger, hungrier competitor such as for example himself.
Respect for that guy (when planning on taking) that fight, Chimaev said. He knows Im younger (and) Im hungry. Im increasing and take my belt, and the guy arrive and fight with me. Respect for him.
UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz occurs on Sept. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in NEVADA, Nevada.