NATE DIAZ has shut down talk of a potential showdown with UFC phenom Khamzat Chimaev.
The undefeated Chimaev made a beeline for Diaz after choking the No.11-ranked Li Jingliang unconscious in their UFC 267 showdown in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
UFC president Dana White revealed this week he's interested in making the fight, telling TMZ: “We’re going to talk to Nate (Diaz) about it."
The veteran promoter added: "100 per cent [I’m interested in making that fight]."
But Diaz has poured cold water on talk of him facing the Russian with a hilarious 2013 clip of Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook hitting out at a reporter.
In the clip Diaz uploaded to his Instagram story, Westbrook said: "What? Bro, what are you talking about? I'm out, man. Y'all n****s trippin'."
Chimaev, who now boasts a perfect 10-0 record after his destruction of Jingliang, is desperate to share the cage with fan favourite Diaz.
In the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, he said: “Hey, Diaz, let’s go, brother. Let’s go. You gonna get some smoke, bro.
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"Let’s see who is the real gangster.”
White was full of praise for the undefeated Chechen after his annihilation of Jingliang, saying: "This guy is like nothing anybody has ever seen.
"When you think about it, he's got more UFC wins than he's been hit inside the octagon.
"That's insane. And the other night our social team, they filmed his walkout live on Instagram Live.
"It broke the record, it's the biggest Instagram Live we've ever done."
Diaz, 36, has one fight left on his UFC contract following his unanimous decision defeat to Leon Edwards in June.
The Ultimate Fighter season five winner is champing at the bit to see off the final fight of his deal and explore free agency.
Should he test free agency, a lucrative showdown with YouTuber turned pugilist Jake Paul could be on the cards for the former lightweight title challenger.
White won't try to force the Stockton slugger to ink a new deal but has urged him to make a speedy decision on his future.
The 52-year-old recently told TSN: “That’s a decision he needs to make.
"Listen, for a lot of these guys, there’s no secret about it.
"If you believe that you are one of the best in the world and you believe you can win a world title here, or hang with the top five, then this is where you should be.
“The minute that you start doubting that is the case, you’ve got to start looking at other options.”
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