Nate Diaz (20-13 MMA, 18-12 UFC) is a heavy underdog versus Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 279 on September 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As someone who has worked out with Chimaev previously, Strickland (25-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) is confident that he will easily defeat Diaz.
“I don’t know, man. Do you have to get ready for Nate Diaz?,” Strickland said.
“The UFC just said, ‘Hey, Khamzat, we love you. Come f*cking beat up this old man.’ When’s the last time he won a fight? I don’t even think Khamzat really has to get ready for him. He’s probably just gonna roll in, not even train, coming off the couch, and just go and destroy him.”
“Chimaev is like a f*cking dog with a bone,” Strickland said.
“He spars, he trains, and there’s a f*cking target on their back.
He was sparring one of my buddies, a ’55er who moved up to 170, a lower-level pro, and I was just telling Chimaev,
‘I understand that you like to f*cking smash, but if you want to spar him, you gotta respect him, because he’s here to help you. He’s not at your level. And Chimaev was all about it. He understood, and he had good sparring.”