No. 10-ranked UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev has challenged Diaz several times recently. And on Monday, November 14, 2021, he shared a picture on Twitter of himself holding two guns, writing: “I’m coming 209 @NateDiaz209.”
209 is Stockton, California’s area code, and that’s where Diaz is from. See the tweet and a screenshot of Chimaev’s picture below:
“Borz” got back to action last month after over a year away from the sport. He dominated Li Jingliang during the UFC 267 main card on October 30, 2021, winning by first-round submission. He’s now 4-0 in the UFC and 10-0 as a professional mixed martial artist. Out of his four UFC matches, he’s only been hit by one significant strike.
During the UFC 267 post-fight presser, Chimaev challenged Diaz to a fight to “see who is the real gangster.”
UFC president Dana White is keen on putting the fight together as well. Talking with TMZ earlier this month, the promotion’s president confirmed that he plans to chat with Diaz about the clash with Chimaev, while praising “Borz’s” dominance inside the Octagon thus far.
“We’re going to talk to Nate (Diaz) about it,” White said via MMA Junkie. “One hundred percent (I’m interested in making that fight).
“This guy is like nothing anyone has ever seen. When you think about it, he’s got more UFC wins than he’s been hit inside the Octagon. It’s insane. The other night they filmed his walkout on Instagram Live, and it broke the record. It’s the biggest Instagram Live we’ve ever done.”
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Diaz Tweeted About Chimaev Last Week
On November 6, 2021, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defended his belt against Colby Covington during the UFC 268 main event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
Diaz tweeted on the same night that if Chimaev can best Usman, he’ll consider giving Chimaev “a shot.”
“If chamiv can beat usman Maybe I can give shot,” Diaz wrote.
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Chimaev Could Be Fasted Tracked to a 170-Pound Title Shot
It’s undeniable that Chimaev is one of the hottest names in MMA right now. His dominance and personality go hand and hand, making the Russian a highly marketable fighter for the UFC. He has a larger social media following than most of the roster, and he’s seemingly ready to take a fight at a moment’s notice.
The reality is, the promotion may fast-track Borz to a title shot, leap-frogging welterweight veterans to get there. He’ll most likely need at least one victory against a top-ranked fighter to get a championship fight, and there are multiple top-five combatants with an open schedule, including No. 2 Gilbert Burns, No. 3 Leon Edwards and No. 4 Vicente Luque.