UFC 279 LIVE
Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson will face off in the main event of UFC 279 tonight after Khamzat Chimaev’s failed weight cut caused a major shake-up on the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Icon Diaz, entering the final fight of his UFC contract, was set to face the company’s fastest-rising star in Chimaev, but the Russian-born Swede ended a week to forget about losing the weight. The 28-year-old undefeated Chimaev had previously faced middleweight Paulo Costa at the UFC Performance Institute on Monday and caused a series of backstage incidents on Thursday by kicking Kevin Holland at the last moment watching the pre-match press conference. -struggles to be abandoned.
Now fan favorite Ferguson will fight veteran Diaz in a five-round welterweight main event, while Chimaev faces Holland in a marriedweight bout. Meanwhile, Ferguson and Holland’s original opponents – Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez – also face off in a match-weight match. Fans have long wanted to see Americans Diaz, 37, and Ferguson, 38, face off, and they’ll finally get their chance tonight, before Diaz leaves for the sunset. Meanwhile, Chimaev’s remarkable rise in the welterweight rankings has hit its first real hurdle, with his future in the division now at least a little uncertain.
Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2022 22:59