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UFC releases ‘seek & destroy’ promo for Chechen star vs MMA icon (VIDEO) — RT Sport News

The UFC has whetted fight fans’ appetites by releasing a ‘seek and destroy’ promo teaser for its main event at UFC 279 between Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz on September 10.

The welterweight bout pits a rising contender in Chimaev against a respected veteran in Diaz, who is on the last fight of his contract with the promotion.

In the minute-and-a-half clip released on Monday, 11-0 Chimaev is shown demolishing a string of opponents on his five win streak in the UFC, with his last victory coming in a barn burner against former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 263 that is likely to be voted the Fight of the Year by numerous experts.

Chechen-born Chimaev, who is now the 170lbs division’s number three contender, is described as “different than any fighter I’ve ever seen” by president Dana White and a “phenom” by pundit John Anik.

“All he wants to do is seek and destroy” says Anik’s fellow commentator Joe Rogan, which is where the name of the promo gets its name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQVx0ZmdsMk

Diaz is then introduced as one of the most popular fighters in the UFC with fans and a “superstar” as his career-high 2016 finish of Conor McGregor at UFC 202 plays out.

With Chimaev declaring he wants to “kill everyone,” Diaz says: “Khamzat, you ain’t gonna kill me unless you kill me.”

“Diaz. Let’s go brother,” says the Swedish-based Chimaev, setting up what is sure to be an action-packed encounter in just over a fortnight.

The fight has now emerged as a potential title eliminator now that Leon Edwards has become champion by knocking out the previously untouchable Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 last weekend.

While a fight against Edwards previously fell through for Chimaev, Diaz faced Edwards in his last outing at UFC 269 which was a decision win for the Brit.


At the turn of the week, however, while not discussing Chimaev’s chances of a shot at the crown, Edwards has said he would like to see Diaz get a chance to battle for all the marbles if he beats the up-and-comer.

“I would 100% give Nate a shot, though,” Edwards vowed on The MMA Hour.

“The scenes would be crazy. I would 100% give Nate a shot, because Nate’s a G. I always said it, even after the fight: He is who he is. He’s one of the greatest.

“The game has never changed him. So if that does happen then Nate’s definitely getting a shot,” Edwards concluded, though his next appearance in the octagon is likely to be a trilogy against Usman, potentially in England. 

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