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UFC 279 fight fallout: Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul in boxing and what is next for Khamzat Chimaev

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UFC 279 may have just opened the door for Nate Diaz and Jake Paul in the boxing ring. There was chaos ahead of Saturday’s card, but the aftermath brought clarity.

Diaz was victorious in what would be his final UFC fight to date. Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission and set the stage for an adventure outside of the promotion. The Stockton native didn’t say the word “boxing” but hinted enough that he would step into the boxing ring in the future.

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Meanwhile, the main Diaz, Khamzat Chiamaev, was supposed to meet, missed weight on friday and flipped the UFC 279 main card upside down. Three fights have been reshuffled to save the pay-per-view after it became clear that Diaz would not fight an opponent who lost 7.5 pounds in weight. Chimyaev washed Kevin Holland with little resistance and positioned himself among the fans as a villain who has many interesting future opponents.

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CBS Sports has sifted through the chaos of UFC 279 and found the gold for what comes next.

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Nate Diaz vs Jake Paul: Diaz announced his retirement from the UFC during his post-match press conference. He mentioned that he wants to take up another sport, which Conor McGregor was unable to do. It’s hard to believe that Diaz offered anything other than a boxing match with Paul. The two have repeatedly berated each other on social media, but Diaz’s contract with the UFC has always prevented the pair from making money together. Now, Diaz has fulfilled the terms of his UFC contract and the door is wide open for a huge salary. Diaz fully fits the requirements of Paul’s boxing venture: a big name, a smaller frame, and no professional boxing experience. Paul is scheduled to fight former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva on October 29th. Win or lose, Diaz vs. Paul is the perfect continuation of the fight.

UFC

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Colby Covington: UFC President Dana White, Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman seems to be on the same page about holding a rematch in London between the two strongest welterweights after the events of UFC 278. This means that Chimaev, especially after losing weight, will have to wait if he wants to compete for the title at 170 pounds next time. Covington (with the exception of Usman) is arguably the best fit among active 170-pound fighters to handle Chimaev’s style. He also needs a big fight to establish himself as a top contender. White told reporters at a post-fight press conference at UFC 279 that matchmakers are in discussions with Covington to return later this year. Chimaev took zero hits against Holland and should be able to turn around quickly.

Khamzat Chimaev vs Robert Whittaker: White was evasive about whether Chimaev would fight at middleweight or welterweight after he missed. If Chimaev gets up, the Whittaker fight will be phenomenal. Whittaker is arguably the most versatile fighter in the sport and has turned back every middleweight except Israel Adesanya. His defensive struggle could be a real test for Chimaev. The fan dynamics would also be exciting. Whittaker is one of the sport’s most beloved good guys, and Chimaev has established himself as a main event villain, baffling fans after he jeopardized the entire UFC 279 card. Classic booking with intrigue and stakes.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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