Most of the time when a fighter wins in a big fight situation, they are called out by the masses, however, it was the loser of the UFC 261 main who is now the target. Jorge Masvidal lost via KO by the hands of welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on Saturday night but may already be in search of a new opponent. Masvidal began to eye a fight with Nick Diaz who is rumored to be returning to action after six years away. While Masvidal had his sights set on Diaz, rising star Khamzat Chimaev has his eyes set on Masvidal.
“Tell Gamebred when he wake up from Saturday night I will fight him in August I’m not sure if he still sleeping,” Chimaev wrote on Twitter.
Chimaev has been absent from fighting while dealing with the aftermath of the coronavirus. Prior to falling ill, Khamzat Chimaev has well on his way to a possible title fight later this year. He broke onto the scene last summer when he fought twice on Fight Island in July. After that, We had a dominant performance against Gerald Meerschaert in September. He was on his way to a top-five opponent in Leon Edwards when he tested positive for COVID-19. The lingering effects almost led him to early retirement, but now he is on the mend and looking to make a splash back in the top of the welterweight rankings.
Before calling out Masvidal, Chimaev had his eye on Diaz as well.
“He’s a legend,” Chimaev said to MMA Junkie. “Everybody knows him in this world, the MMA world. He’s good. These good guys, they’re like play gangsters. It’s going to be a good fight if he wants to fight against me. I don’t know. Maybe he’s scared.”
There is no word yet on who Diaz will be facing when he finally makes his return. In the meantime, the two men calling him out facing each other seems to be the next best option. Masvidal has not yet responded to the call out by Chimaev, and with him still working his way back to health, a timeline for his comeback fight is unclear.