Dan Hardy thinks the UFC’s booking of Nate Diaz for Khamzat Chimaev is almost criminal.
Earlier this month, the UFC announced that Diaz and Chimaev will headline UFC 279, which will take place on September 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’s a fight that immediately drew criticism from fans as a terrible mismatch, and former UFC commentator Dan Hardy disagreed.
“It looks like we’ve reached the point where someone has to start thinking about making charges,” Hardy told Ariel Halawani. MMA watch. “It doesn’t feel like a fair fight. It feels like a very cruel thing to do to someone who is considered a legitimate legend. Because they spoke out against the organization, they would be executed live on TV. That kind of feels, and makes me uncomfortable to think that this is how it will go down.” things out.”
Diaz is in the final fight of his UFC contract and has been trying to get out of the UFC for some time now. Earlier this month, Diaz continued MMA watch He said the company was “holding him hostage”, refusing to hold him while they tried to re-sign him.
Had the UFC been able to re-sign Diaz, they reportedly did not book Chimaev’s fight and instead were looking at Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier, a match that was scheduled to take place at UFC 230 before it was called off. But with Diaz eager to quit the promotion and pursue other opportunities, including a potential boxing match with Jake Paul, the UFC has finally given him a fight—one that on paper seems pretty tough.
Hardy is simply hoping that Diaz’s matchmaking won’t seriously hurt.
“I hope, very hopefully, that Nate will at least come through with it just fine, but after watching what he did bummers with Rhys Mackie and John Phillips—yes, of course, Nate has good jiu-jitsu, but there comes a point where he’s jiu-jitsu,” Hardy said. Good wrestling invalidates it. “It happened in the early days of the UFC, and it would happen against Nate if he fell to the floor. I think he was nullified and I think he was terribly beaten from the highest position. I think it would be uncomfortable to watch, and I think he would leave the UFC in a very bad light.
“I just hope Nate comes through with that well, because I think he’s got good chances outside of the UFC. It’s such a shame that they made that attempt on him before he left.”
Hardy is far from the only person who thinks this match is unwinnable for Diaz. Odds makers pinned Chimaev as the favorite at 1,100, indicating a 91.67 percent probability of winning. Even for Diaz, who has thrived as the underdog before — most notably when he introduced Conor McGregor so soon at UFC 196 — he is likely to remain an underdog despite his popularity. Hardy said he talks about the sad way the UFC is handling its business.
“I love Khamza Shemayev – I think they’re in different locations now,” Hardy said. “He’s on the rise, and Diaz is a legend on his way out. It’s just a fight that shouldn’t happen. But of course, if Nate manages to do that it will be the most Diaz does in the world, and he’ll leave for sunset with a smile on his face.”
“I think I said what I needed to about it. I feel so sorry that it happened, and that we can’t celebrate these fighters when they’re nearing the end of their careers. But it’s UFC style, right? If they decide they’re parting with you, they try to hurt you in every way they can.” Unfortunately, if you are a fighter and they want to harm you, they can do it physically, which is a shame.”