UFC news rumours: Nate Diaz to fight contract against Michael Chandler, Moreno against Kara-France in July?

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Nate Diaz is getting impatient. Diaz has championed UFC President Dana White and the company let him out of his contract. The most efficient way for a UFC fighter to break away from UFC is to complete the required number of fights. Diaz seems to have a willing dance partner in Michael Chandler.

Diaz took to Twitter earlier this week and accepted a challenge from Michael Chandler. The Stockton native sees Chandler as the most immediate booking available to him.

“UFC has put me on hold for a year now” Diaz wrote on Tuesday. “Chandler is obviously ready to fight. Send a contract, it’s time.”

Diaz and Chandler went fishing after the fight Chandler’s vicious knockout of Tony Ferguson at UFC274.

“Hey Nate. Shut up and stop complaining.” Chandler tweeted Sunday. “Keep your mouth shut. Keep your head down until your daddy calls in a fight for you to have your sacrificial dome bounce off the screen again. Maybe I will be…if you’re lucky. See you upstairs! “

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Diaz announced a welterweight return on July 30 to match the scheduled UFC 277 pay-per-view. Chandler and Dustin Poirier both threw their names in the hat. It seems Diaz, who was once linked to Poirier, has a greater interest in continuing the Chandler fight.

Another fight with potentially greater repercussions also appears to be headed for that date. An interim flyweight title fight for UFC 277 is reportedly in the works. Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France is expected to take place on the scheduled July 30 pay-per-view card, according to ESPN first report by Ariel Helwani. Moreno was unseated as champion in a recent rubber match against Deiveson Figueiredo, posting a rare series split 1-1-1. Figueiredo, who defeated Moreno for the flyweight title in January, is reportedly unavailable to defend his championship at this time.

Moreno and France fought in December 2019, with Moreno making the unanimous decision. Moreno had put together a seven-fight unbeaten streak before the latest fight against Figueiredo – a man he has fought exclusively since December 2020. France demanded a title shot after defeating Askar Aksarov by unanimous decision in a tough battle. France is now enjoying a three-fight win streak buoyed by KOs by Cody Garbrandt and Rogerio Bontorin.

More UFC news, rumours

  • It seems Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon won’t last long. Cerrone vs. Lauzon has been rebooked for the June 18 UFC Fight Night card, which will be headlined by Calvin Kattar vs. Josh Emmett in Austin, Texas, per ESPN. The fight was originally intended for the main map of UFC 274 in Phoenix. Unfortunately, Cerrone suffered from food poisoning on the morning of the fight The cancellation was announced on the show tonight. “Cowboy” recently said his desire to retire as he nears 50 fights under the Zuffa or WME-IMG banners.
  • Molly McCann returns home. “Meatball” returns to the O2 Arena in London, England for the second year in a row. ufc announced on Tuesday that McCann vs. Hannah Goldy is locked in for the July 23 Fight Night event. McCann (12-4) becomes a KO of the Year contender, Flattening Luana Carolina with a Spining Back Elbow March. Goldy (6-2) beat Emily Whitmire in September.
  • Alexander Gustafsson continues career comebacks in July. UFC announced that Gustafsson will face Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC London Card on July 23. “The Mauler” is without a win in his last three fights. He was KO’d by Jon Jones in 2018, knocked out by Anthony Smith in 2019 and submitted to a heavyweight bout by Fabricio Werdum in 2020. Krylov has struggled with consistency himself, winning 2-4 since retiring from UFC in 2018. UFC news rumours: Nate Diaz to fight contract against Michael Chandler, Moreno against Kara-France in July?

Justin Scacco

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