Chad Mendes: UFC ‘will likely bet on’ Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, but Nate Diaz is ‘tough son of an ab****’

Chad Mendes is not counting Nate Diaz in any way ahead of UFC 279.

In the final bout of his UFC contract, Diaz will face Khamzat Chimaev in the pay-per-view main event on Sept. 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Mendes, who retired from the UFC before making an impressive bare-knuckle boxing debut at BKFC’s Knucklemania 2 in February – where he knocked out ‘Famez’ in the fourth round – sees the fight closer than suggested. betting odds, but also believes what many others do when it comes to the business side of booking.

“Nate is a guy who will, honestly, go out there and fight anybody,” Mendes told MMA Fighting. “I don’t think he really cares who it is.

“The fact that it just wants to be done [with the UFC]and they are [viewing it as they’re] add a name like Nate Diaz for this guy. They’re probably counting on this guy to destroy Nate.

“I don’t know, man. We’ll see – Nate is a tough ab**** son. This guy could pull off anything at any time.

Mendes has been incredibly busy with his outdoor sports business and also recently partnered with Polaris for the Polaris RZR Sunday Stroll content series. Mendes, along with former two-time UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, boxing great Roy Jones Jr. and former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, were all lucky enough to sit in the Polaris RZR Pro R with UTV off-road racing champion RJ Anderson.

Although Mendes’ reaction to the announcement of the fight was indifferent, he will certainly admit that he is fascinated with how things could play out in the five-round welterweight contest – especially if the fight drags on.

“Diaz has crafty submissions — both brothers do,” Mendes said. “You can never tell somebody’s just gonna walk through somebody, because we’ve seen so many times where you think that and somebody gets caught with something and it’s like, ‘Holy shit, I didn’t see that coming.’

” I will not tell [Chimaev] just going to go out there and run through it. It could happen, of course, but Nate is a badass. Nate could pull off a win anywhere. He could overwhelm him with production, separate him completely if he gets to the next rounds. Obviously, [the Diaz Brothers’] the cardio is crazy where they can just keep going and going and take a beating. If you’re not prepared or ready for it, this s*** might sneak up on you in those championship rounds.

“If you’re not mentally strong, that kind of stuff will break you in there. I think anything can happen, but I think it’s going to be an exciting fight, honestly. I’m really interested to see what’s going on there.

Watch Mendes ride the Polaris RZR Pro R with UTV off-road racing champion RJ Anderson below.