Former Strikeforce champion and UFC starlet Nick Diaz’s manager has cautioned the UFC fans not to get their hopes up as the potential fight between Diaz and Khazmat Chimaev is no longer taking place.
Manager Kevin Mubenga revealed that Diaz is not interested in fighting Chimaev if he returns to the octagon.
“He’s a good prospect, respectfully, but he hasn’t earned the right to a mega-fight vs. Nick Diaz. So let’s put those rumours to rest,” Mubenga told ESPN on Saturday.
The manager said that the camp wants to focus on Nate Diaz, who is gearing up to face Leon Edwards at UFC 256 on May 15. “Nate’s up first; our focus is on that,” Mubenga said.
He added that the team will narrow down more deserving opponents for Nick once Nate’s fight takes place.
The talks over the legend vs. prospect began circulating on social media after Chimaev showed an interest in taking on Nick.
“I want to fight with him. I watched his fight when I was a kid, now I’m going to fight with him. Perfect for me. I want to see who is the real gangster. I think he is a real gangster in this sport, but we’ll see,” Chimaev had said.
The 37-year-old Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) last fought in 2015 against Anderson Silva. He lost the fight on a unanimous decision.
Is it Kamaru Usman vs Nick Diaz next?
Kamaru Usman is on cloud nine after he captured his UFC welterweight title at UFC 261 this month. He is now eyeing a fight against Nick Diaz next.
Diaz’s attendance at UFC 261 has fascinated Usman to fight against the legend of the sport as it is going to be a “humongous” fight seeing Diaz fighting for the title.
“At the end of the day, if he got everything in order and he’s able to compete, that’s always a fun fight. Nick Diaz. Imagine, Nick Diaz at the top of the bill once more. That’s a humongous fight,” Usman told TMZ Sports.
What’s the future for Khazmat Chimaev?
Khazmat Chimaev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has different plans for his fighter.
The manager has hinted that Neil Magny could be the potential opponent for Chimaev. Both fighters had a verbal spat over Twitter in early 2021.
Abdelaziz is ready to lock a fight between the two fighters if Magny wins his upcoming bout against Geoff Neal on May 8.
“I know we had some back-and-forth talks with Neil Magny. Neil Magny fights in two weeks. Listen, if Neil Magny wins, maybe they can fight in August,” the manager said.
Nevertheless, Abdelaziz believes it would be “criminal” to allow Nick to take on Chimaev.
This isn’t new for the MMA fans who have followed Abdelaziz during Khabib Nurmagomedov’s era. The manager has a knack for being very vocal for his fighters in the media.