During an interview with TMZ released on Tuesday, UFC President Dana White said that he is interested in booking a fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz.
“This guy is like nothing anybody’s ever seen,” White said referring to Chimaev’s run in the UFC thus far. “When you think about it, he’s got more UFC wins than he’s been hit inside the octagon. That’s 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.”
“Yeah, we’re gonna talk to Nate about it,” White said regarding a potential matchup between Diaz and Chimaev. “One hundred percent.”
Chimaev defeated Li Jing Liang by rear-naked-choke in the first-round this past Saturday at UFC 267, and expressed interest in fighting Diaz during his post-fight media scrum.
“Hey Diaz, let’s go brother,” said Chimaev. “Let’s go. You gonna get some smoke bro. Let’s see who is the real gangster.”
Diaz, 36, is approaching his final fight on his UFC contract, and all signs are pointing to him wanting to test free agency. Diaz most recently called out Tony Ferguson in a Tweet, but no further word has been made on that matchup.
Diaz is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards in his last fight at UFC 263.