The UFC recently announced one of the highest-profile fights in all of 2022. Fan favorite Nate Diaz will take on the surging Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 on September 10 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Since fighting Leon Edwards at UFC 263, Nate Diaz has been in a major dispute with the promotion, asking multiple times to be relieved of his contract. With one final fight owed to the UFC, his outing with Chimaev could potentially be the last time fans see the Stockton native inside the octagon.
However, it doesn’t appear as though the UFC will allow him an easy swansong to round out his career. Chimaev, who has so far gone undefeated in his career, has opened against Diaz at the favorite with odds at -1100 to +775, however this has since swelled even further to -1800 for Chimaev and Diaz at an underdog value of +800 via BetUS.
This means that it requires an $1800 bet on Chimaev to return $100, but $100 on Diaz has the underdog potential to earn $800 in profit.
Momentum is definitely on the side of the Chechyan wolf, however, Nate Diaz is known for his durability and doggedness. He is already half of one of the greatest upsets in UFC history by choking out Conor McGregor at the height of his success back in 2016 and looks to do something similar against Chimaev this year.
Here are the opening odds for the pair’s last five fights:
Nate Diaz’s last five fights
- vs. Leon Edwards (L): +220
- vs. Jorge Masvidal (L): -110
- vs. Anthony Pettis (W): -120
- vs. Conor Mcgregor (L): +100
- vs. Conor Mcgregor (W): +220
Khamzat Chimaev’s last five fights
- vs. Gilbert Burns (W): -110
- vs. Li Jingliang (W): -260
- vs. Gerald Meerschart (W): -500
- vs. Rhys McKee (W): -600
- vs. John Philips (W): +175
Braeden Arbour is an aspiring journalist out of Ontario, Canada. He is a recent graduate of Trent University, with a black belt in Karate and a blue belt in Judo. He has also been an avid fan of MMA for the last decade.