Many fans would agree that UFC fighter Khamzat Chimaev has been very unlucky for the past few months as he contracted COVID-19 and also suffered its lingering effects. Due to the virus, he had to cancel several of his upcoming matches and in frustration, the fighter announced his retirement from UFC.
Thankfully, Chimaev has finally made a full recovery and is looking to make his UFC return. Chimaev recently teased facing Jorge Masvidal as a possible opponent.
However, it seems Chimaev won’t be facing Nate Diaz in a megafight that has been rumored for a while now. ESPN MMA’s Ariel Helwani took to Twitter and revealed that Nate Diaz’s manager turned down a possible fight between Diaz and Chimaev as he hasn’t earned the right to face Diaz.
“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 rumors to rest. Nate’s up first, our focus is on that. We will narrow down more deserving opponents after the fight.”
Nate Diaz is scheduled to make his UFC return at UFC 262 on May 15 against Leon Edwards. We will have to see how Diaz will fare in his return fight and whether he will face Chimaev in the future eventually.