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UFC are ‘trying to kill’ Nate Diaz with his final fight opponent, says Henry Cejudo, amid Khamzat Chimaev plans

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Former UFC champion Henry Cejudo believes the UFC are trying to ‘kill’ Nate Diaz in his last fight with the company.

Cejudo, one of only four competitors to become a double champion in UFC history, thinks the promotion are trying to milk Diaz’s name and make the most of his departure from the company.

Diaz has not fought since his loss to Leon Edwards in June
Diaz has not fought since his loss to Leon Edwards in June

It’s well-known that UFC president Dana White wants to see Diaz versus rising superstar Khamzat Chimaev, but Diaz has shown no interest in taking that fight.

White even had that fight pencilled in on the wall of his ‘war room’ but thus far, it has not been announced.

Jake Paul has teased a lucrative showdown with Diaz in a boxing ring and Cejudo thinks the UFC are going to try and make the most of him while they have him.

“Yeah, right now the UFC, I think they want, they want to feed him to a shark,“ said Cejudo when discussing the matter with The Schmo. 

Henry Cejudo thinks the UFC want to milk Diaz’s name for Chimaev’s gain
Henry Cejudo thinks the UFC want to milk Diaz’s name for Chimaev’s gain

“That’s why they’re trying to kill… Because Diaz knows that there’s so much money to be made outside the UFC, that he doesn’t even care what millions they’re gonna end up giving him.”

It’s well-known that Diaz has one-fight left on his contract and he’s been begging to have that fight for months now.

Diaz wanted Dustin Poirier and Poirier wanted Diaz. So much so that Poirier revealed last week he signed on for the fight twice, but the UFC failed to confirm the fight.

The UFC would like to keep a fan favourite like Diaz, but Cejudo thinks the Stockton legend’s looming departure will help fighters after him.

Diaz and White have always had a love-hate relationship
Diaz and White have always had a love-hate relationship

“I do believe that Nate leaving the UFC is just going to generate more money for fighters, and kind of giving that leverage to fighters like: Hey man, it’s not the UFC, its not the only place where you can make a good living.”

Chimaev, 28, is 11-0 with 10 finishes on his CV. The one decision victory to his name came in his last outing against former title contender Gilbert Burns. That result catapulted him to number three in the welterweight rankings.

One would think that Chimaev being ranked so high would make that fight appealing to Diaz, but it seems he’s already thinking of life after the UFC.

Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev would certainly draw money, but it looks unlikely
Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev would certainly draw money, but it looks unlikely

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