UFC President Dana White has stated that there’s a real chance the winner of the fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz will become the number one contender for the welterweight title.
Khamzat and Nate are set to fight in the main event of UFC 279 which takes place on September 10. This upcoming weekend UFC 278 will be held with the welterweight belt being put on the line in the main event between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards.
“I mean, obviously, if Nate beat Khamzat Chimaev, the No. 3 guy in the world, you’d have to look at Nate, too,” UFC President, Dana White, told The Underground regarding a Diaz title shot. “Everybody’s talking … like that it’s impossible for Nate Diaz to win this fight. Nothing is impossible in fighting. Everything is possible.
“Nate Diaz wanted this fight,” he continued. “It was either this fight or Francis Ngannou. This fight makes a lot more sense than Francis does. But, you know, for everybody to think that a veteran who’s as durable as Nate Diaz can’t win this fight is insane, so anything is possible. … You get out of the first two rounds and the fight gets interesting.”