“I called this guy, I called this guy, I was trying to fight everybody all the time and get the show going,” Diaz said. “And they offered him to me, but Khamzat is a new guy who’s new to the scene, and obviously a problem and obviously a tough fighter for anyone because he’s new and nobody expects him to. a new guy.”
Diaz considered it an insult to fight someone with four UFC fights under his belt, especially after being a main or co-main event in his previous five fights, despite Chimaev’s rapid rise and spectacular performances.
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“You’re giving me the toughest fight ever, a guy who didn’t make a living and didn’t do his thing,” said Diaz, who returned to the UFC with a suggestion.
“Make him fight Burns. If he can beat Burns, then I’ll fight him.
Gilbert Burns fought Chimaev in April, and after three furious rounds, the Chechnya native earned a hard-fought victory, a Fight of the Night bonus and a main event against one of the biggest stars.