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UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on September 10, 2022, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[2]

UFC 279

The promotion originally targeted a UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Aljamain Sterling and former two-time champion T.J. Dillashaw as the main event, but opted to change plans and move it to UFC 280.[3][4]

A welterweight bout between Khamzat Chimaev and former lightweight title challenger (also The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner) Nate Diaz was originally expected to headline the event.[5] However at the weigh-ins, Chimaev weighed in at 178.5 pounds, 7.5 pounds over the welterweight non-title limit and the bout was cancelled. As a result, the organization opted to shuffle a trio of fights: a new main event featuring Diaz against former interim UFC Lightweight Champion (also The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner) Tony Ferguson, who was originally scheduled to face Li Jingliang in a welterweight bout, was then set. In addition, Chimaev was instead matched up with Kevin Holland, who was originally scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez at a catchweight of 180 pounds, though the new matchup would be a five round bout (Chimaev wasn't fined due to the new booking). Finally, Rodriguez and Jingliang were matched up at a catchweight of 180 pounds.[6]

A trio of bouts was originally scheduled for this date, but they were eventually pushed back a week to UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Song as the promotion adjusted its schedule in June: lightweight bouts featuring Trey Ogden vs. Daniel Zellhuber and Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp; as well as a welterweight bout between Louis Cosce and Trevin Giles.[7]

A women's strawweight bout between Hannah Cifers and Melissa Martinez was expected to take place at the event.[8] However, Cifers pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Elise Reed.[9][10]

A middleweight bout between Jamie Pickett and Denis Tiuliulin was expected to take place at UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev, but it was moved to this card due to Tiuliulin suffering an injury during the week of the fight.[11][12][13]

A heavyweight bout between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Jailton Almeida was expected to take place at the event.[14] However, Abdurakhimov was forced to withdraw due to visa issues and was replaced by Anton Turkalj at a catchweight of 220 pounds.[15]

The organization usually holds a pre-fight press-conference two days before numbered events, but this edition's was cancelled mid section. All fighters in the last three bouts of the event were expected to participate, however after a lengthy delay, UFC President Dana White showed up only with Holland and Rodriguez. He announced that fighters would be brought in pairs, but cancelled the press-conference after their participation instead for "everybody's safety".[16] He later revealed that an altercation involving four fighters and their teams took place backstage. It initiated with Chimaev and Holland, with Diaz eventually getting involved.[17] The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) is expected to investigate the incident and potentially discipline all licensees.[18]

In addition to Chimaev missing weight, featherweight Hakeem Dawodu and heavyweight Chris Barnett both missed weight as well. Dawodu weighed at 149.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the non-title featherweight limit, while Barnett weighed in at 267.5 pounds, 1.5 pounds over the non-title heavyweight limit. Both bouts proceeded at catchweight with Dawodu and Barnett each fined 30% and 20% of their purses, which went to their opponents Julian Erosa and Jake Collier respectively. A women's bantamweight bout between Irene Aldana and The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters women's featherweight winner Macy Chiasson was also changed to a 140-pound catchweight bout, but it was not due to a weight miss.[19]

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UFC 279 was expected to be headlined by a welterweight bout between Khamzat Chimaev, and Nate Diaz, however right before the press conference, two days before the event, a brawl broke out between the camps of Chimaev, and Kevin Holland, and the whole conference had to be cancelled for the first time in UFC history. Then the next day during the weigh ins Khamzat Chimaev missed weight by a whopping 7.5 pounds, which left the UFC scrambling for any way to salvage the card as Nate Diaz refused to take the fight against an opponent that big. After a few long hours the day of the weigh ins, the UFC managed to salvage the card by switching opponents around in the top 3 fights of the card, so instead of having Khamzat Chimaev VS Nate Diaz, Li Jingliang VS Tony Ferguson, and Kevin Holland VS Daniel Rodriguez, we would instead of Tony Ferguson move up to the main event for a long awaited fight against fellow Ultimate Fighter, Nate Diaz, Khamzat Chimaev would move down to the co-main event to take on Kevin Holland who he had been beefing with ever since Fight Island in 2020, and Li Jingliang would accept a fight against Daniel Rodriguez who weighed in at 180 pounds, 10 pounds above Li, thus creating the "Switcheroo Six".

UFC 279 Is also the card with the most catchweight bouts In UFC History, with 4 fights scheduled to be catchweights, and two more becoming catchweight after Hakeem Dawodu, and Chris Barnett, missed weight. Barnett becoming the second heavyweight to miss weight in the UFC, only Justin Tafa has missed the Heavyweight limit prior, as he weighed in at 267 against Harry Hunsucker.

The UFC 279 press conference, scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas, was canceled at the last minute after multiple altercations between fighters and their teams occurred backstage moments prior. UFC president Dana White confirmed Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland initially caused the skirmish.

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Chimaev was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in a five-round welterweight main event bout. However, Chimaev hit the scales at 178.5 pounds, well above the 171 limit for a non-title welterweight fight, and after Diaz weighed in at the 171 limit, there was no chance the fight would proceed. The UFC needed to shuffle the fighters around, and they needed to do it fast, considering that the event is this Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson is the main event of the UFC 279 PPV main card. Fans can order UFC 279 on the ESPN+ website to watch every main card fight live, including the Diaz vs. Ferguson fight. After ordering, fans can stream every UFC 279 fight to a preferred device, including TVs, mobiles, computers, laptops, tablets, and more.

Khamzat Chimaev remains on the card following his botched weight cut and will fight Kevin Holland, who weighed in at 179.5 tonight. Holland was scheduled to fight Daniel Rodriguez on the main card. This fight will be for five rounds.

The UFC fighter was told to leave T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, according to his coach John Kavanagh, while the 30-year-old was still barefoot and wearing his gloves after defeating Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight bout to open the UFC 279 main card.

The UFC 279 press conference was cancelled on Thursday night after a mass brawl broke out backstage. Six fighters were involved in the altercation with Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland being identified as the main culprits by UFC president Dana White.

After a long delay to the start of the press conference, White took to the mic and told fans that he was going to bring the fighters up in pairs in order to avoid any further problems. But after Holland and Daniel Rodriguez spoke to the assembled media, White cut the press conference following a brief conversation with one of his members of staff.

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Instead, Diaz will face Ferguson in a long-awaited matchup that fight fans have been clamoring to see. Their distinct styles based on forward pressure, cardio, and volume are a recipe for an all-out war that could send Diaz into his post-UFC career in quite possibly spectacular fashion.

How to Watch: The early preliminary bouts will air on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+. The traditional undercard is set to air on ESPN/ESPN+, with the main card running exclusively on ESPN+ PPV.

The current odds listed within this article are subject to change over time. Odds reflected in this piece may not be the final odds before fight night and can be verified by visiting FanDuel Sportsbook.

The main card is set to get underway at 3 a.m. BST / 10 p.m. ET with the main event cagewalks scheduled for 6 a.m. BST / 1 a.m. ET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.

The card will stream live on DAZN in Australia, Germany and Italy. You can sign up for a subscription here. However, if you are in Argentina, Chile and Colombia you must download the DAZN app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store and then sign up from there, rather than via web browser. 041b061a72


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