“Gamebred” competed for the 170-pound belt on Saturday night at UFC 261. It was his second title fight in a row against “The Nigerian Nightmare” as the two competed in July at UFC 251. Usman won their first encounter via unanimous decision. And he put a stamp on their rivalry Saturday night, knocking out Masvidal in the second round.
With the defeat, Masvidal dropped to No. 5 in the official UFC welterweight rankings. Usman remained his No. 2 spot on the male pound-for-pound list.
In an interview with ESPN on Monday, Masvidal confirmed that he wants to fight at least one more time this year. And a certain Russian-born fighter would like to make a match happen with Gamebred in August.
Khamzat Chimaev took to Twitter on Tuesday to challenge Gamebred to a fight. “Borz” has been sidelined by ailments stemming from COVID-19, but he’s confirmed to multiple media outlets that he plans to make his Octagon return this summer.
“Tell gamebred when he wake up from Saturday night I will fight him in August I’m not sure if he still sleeping,” Chimaev wrote.
Tell gamebred when he wake up from Saturday night I will fight him in August I’m not sure if he still sleeping 😴
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) April 27, 2021
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Chimaev Also Wants to Fight Nick Diaz
Borz also recently challenged Nick Diaz to a scrap. Taking to social media, Chimaev wrote, “@nickdiaz209 surprise surprise i’m coming for you #209,” Chimaev wrote on Instagram Monday afternoon.”
Chimaev was interviewed by MMA Junkie earlier this week about fighting Diaz. Chimaev said that he has watched Diaz since he was a kid.
And he wants to find out who “the real gangster” is between himself and Diaz.
“I want to fight with him,” Chimaev said via the outlet. “That will be good. I watched his fight when I was a kid, now I’m going to fight with him. Perfect for me. I like it. I want to see who is the real gangster. I think he is a real gangster in this sport, but we’ll see.”
According to UFC president Dana White, Diaz is ready to make his Octagon return. Diaz hasn’t competed since 2015 when he fought Anderson Silva.
Chimaev Praised Usman’s Performance at UFC 261
Borz was very impressed with Usman’s performance over Masvidal at UFC 261 last weekend. In his interview with MMA Junkie, Chimaev said he views Usman as the best welterweight in the world.
Chimaev wants a piece of him but understands he needs to win at least one more fight before that happens.
“Usman looks good,” Chimaev said. “Now I can say this: In my weight class, he is the best fighter in the world. … Next year, he have to wait for me. I understand I have to fight with somebody (first), and I always say it doesn’t matter for me who is against me. I’m going to go for everybody.”