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Midnight Mania! ‘Everybody should go to jail’ if Nick Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev is booked

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There are really two ways to match up a rumored returning legend like Nick Diaz, who is now 37 years old and six years removed from professional competition. Diaz could be matched with a fellow veteran, man from his own era of similar age — someone like Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, or even a fresh match up with no history.

Or, Diaz could be thrown to the sharks. Based on UFC attempting to match Diaz with Khamzat Chimaev, one of the fastest rising prospects on the roster, it’s clear the promotion is looking to build an up-and-comer of Diaz’s name.

Fortunately, Chimaev’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is not interested, preferring a fighter currently in the title picture.

“If this fight happens, everybody should go to jail. Everybody should go to jail. I should go to jail. The UFC, everybody. This is criminal,” Abdelaziz said to ESPN (via MMAWeekly). “How are you gonna make Khamzat Chimaev, one of the most upcoming fighters, to fight a guy like Nick Diaz. It’s not even right.

“I’m not taking anything away from Nick. Nick had his time, he built his legacy. But I don’t wanna see this [fight]. If it happens, I’m not trying to go to jail. Khamzat’s not trying to go to jail. Because it will not be good.”

As an alternative, Abdelaziz mentioned Neil Magny as a potential foe, though that could depend upon the result of Magny’s upcoming battle vs. Geoff Neal.


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