Nate Diaz will finally make his return in September for what looks to be his final UFC fight. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported on Tuesday that Diaz has been booked to face rising contender Khamzat Chimaev.
Although no championship belt is on the line in the bout, Diaz and Chimaev would be the five-round main event of UFC 279 on Sept. 10.
Diaz, 37, has repeatedly requested his release from the UFC this year with one fight remaining on his contract. He said during an appearance on ‘The MMA Hour’ last week that he was “held hostage” by the UFC, and his only priority is to fight one more time so he can quit. the promotion.
Upon returning to the Octagon, Diaz faces a tough test in Chimaev, an undefeated fighter who is third in the UFC welterweight rankings. Chimaev began his career with four dominant, one-sided victories before defeating former title challenger Gilbert Burns in a close battle in April.