Chimaev is getting set to face Nate Diaz in the principle occasion of UFC 279 on Sept. 10 in Las Vegas. Will probably be Chimaev’s second look of 2022 following a aggressive choice win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 in April.
Masvidal caught up with MMA Combating in Savannah, Ga., forward of his promotion’s iKON FC 4 occasion on Friday, which takes place on the Savannah Conference Middle and streams on UFC Battle Cross. When requested about if he has been impressed with Chimaev following his win over Burns, “Gamebred” feels just like the 28-year-old nonetheless has numerous work to do.
“That was presupposed to be his popping out social gathering and it didn’t go in response to plan,” Masvidal informed MMA Combating. “Lots of people felt Gilbert received that battle — lots of people nonetheless assume Gilbert received that battle.
“I don’t actually assume Khamzat is nearly as good as they are saying he’s. I’m extra of a see then consider [guy] and I haven’t seen something that makes me a believer on this man but. I, personally, would love to interrupt his face. As soon as he begins promoting pay-per-views and s*** like that, I wouldn’t thoughts breaking his f****** face.”
As anticipated, Chimaev is a large favourite over Diaz heading into UFC 279. Whereas most are counting the Stockton native out, Masvidal — who shared the octagon with Diaz within the inaugural “BMF” title battle at UFC 244 in November 2019 — isn’t counting his former opponent out — particularly if issues get prolonged.
“They most likely needed to pair Diaz with somebody, stylistically, that’s not one of the best once I consider f****** Khamzat,” Masvidal informed MMA Combating. “So that they gave him a boring ass wrestler who’s going to try to hug his legs, and sniff his crotch.
“I feel Khamzat most likely wins, however I can see Nate placing him away in rounds 4 or 5 as a result of Khamzat doesn’t have that fuel tank. He doesn’t have that have, and I feel he will get too within the second the place he’s losing power doing silly s***. Nate goes to preserve all of that power and get in his face when it counts. I feel Khamzat ought to win, however I received’t be shocked if Nate stops his ass.”