It didn’t take long for UFC welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev to respond to Nate Diaz.
Chimaev hit back at Diaz on Thursday after the Stockton, Calif. Native fought off a potential fight, saying Chimaev was not at his level.
The 27-year-old Chechen disliked this opinion, writing that Diaz is a “fake gangster” and “the easiest money for me”. It also included a shot at Diaz’s older brother Nick Diaz.
You fake gangster @NateDiaz209 and i don’t care who to fight, i come for everyone, where are you all thugs and kings?
I’m here to kill everyone I’m the king here I’m a gangster here ☝
– Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) December 2, 2021
say hello to your big brother tell him not to be afraid of me i dont beat the old guys he knows what i mean in vegas i just wanted to say hello poor man ran away @NateDiaz209
– Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) December 3, 2021
“Say hello to your older brother tell him not to be afraid of me I don’t beat old people he knows what I mean in Vegas I just wanted to say hello poor man turned out fled, ”he wrote.
Chimaev then posted a cartoon of a bulldozer picking up chickens and a meme with his rival Colby Covington tagged where he appeared to be eating a heart.
Two months of absence only amplified Shimaev’s desire to fight. After a health crisis with COVID-19 where he announced his retirement, he came back to full force with a first-round submission from Li Jingliang at UFC 267. That took his current streak to four wins, all at a distance. .
Chimaev called all the big welterweight stars – and a few fighters retired or in a different weight class – to no avail. According to UFC President Dana White, the burgeoning welterweight has struggled not only in public but behind the scenes.
Diaz said the UFC offered him a fight with Shimaev, but he flatly turned it down in favor of a top-five opponent. He targeted UFC 270 in January as a perfect event for his comeback.
At No.11, Diaz said Chimaev was not worth his time and berated other fighters who would face a “rookie” in the match.
“I’m fine, you have four fights in the UFC,” Diaz told TMZ. “Don’t even say my name. “