KHAMZAT CHIMAEV has called out Nate Diaz for a fight in December and said: 'Get your soft body to Vegas – I'll smoke you'.
The challenge came after Diaz blasted Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier online.
It caught the attention of rising star Chimaev, who tweeted Diaz: "I don't play fighting (sic) I fight so get your soft body to Vegas and I will smoke you on Dec 19.
"You are a real fighter so let's go."
Diaz had uploaded a mocked up poster of McGregor – who he fought twice in 2016 – and Poirier, who had a fight cancelled against the American in 2018.
He captioned the picture: "Let’s don’t get it twisted I already smoked these 2 now they play fighting."
McGregor, 32, who beat Poirier in 2014, has been offered a rematch against the 31-year-old lightweight in January.
Diaz, 35, was in line to face Jorge Masvidal, also 35, again after he was pulled out of their five-rounder last November with a cut.
But the veteran has been left in the lurch with Masvidal in talks to face former friend turned enemy Colby Covington, 32.
It led to Chimaev's online call out, with the Swede hoping to end the year with a Fight Night headliner.
The 26-year-old has already won three times in the UFC this year, extending his record to 9-0.
He has received praise from UFC president Dana White, and shot to fame in July after winning twice on Fight Island.
The wins, one at middleweight and then welterweight, came just ten days apart.
And after scoring a stunning first round knockout against Gerald Meerschaert in September, Chimaev is scanning both weights for an opponent.
He tweeted: "Welterweight, middleweight doesn’t matter I will be ready give me a name
"I can’t get Welterweight fight I’m going to start calling out middleweight."
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