UFC 279 is again this weekend with what is going to little doubt be an action-packed card, with a welterweight marathon within the co-main and important occasion.
The principle occasion will happen on Sunday at 3am BST, on the T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We preview one of the best of the motion under.
Chimaev v Diaz: Chimaev taking pictures for title shot
If you consider an absolute warrior within the cage, a number of fighters come to thoughts, however none higher fulfil the position than Nate Diaz. Over his 15 year-long UFC profession, Diaz has confronted the hardest calibre of opponent and put worry of their eyes, as he relentlessly marches ahead regardless of any harm he has absorbed.
Diaz heads into this struggle the numerous underdog at 11/2, coming off a unanimous determination loss to newly topped welterweight champion Leon Edwards. This would be the final struggle in his contract, and at aged 37, some critics are frightened concerning the wellbeing of the athlete, particularly when confronted in opposition to a monster like Khamzat Chimaev.
Chimaev is undefeated at 11-0 and is aiming for the primary contender spot for an opportunity to take the welterweight belt. His final outing noticed him examined to a brand new stage when he took residence a unanimous determination win over Gilbert Burns regardless of being in hassle all through the bout. This 5 spherical main-event would be the excellent step up for Chimaev, and he heads into this bout the overwhelming 1/9 favorite.
Chimaev was solely hit two occasions in his first 4 appearances within the UFC, completely dominating his opponents. His struggle in opposition to Burns was the one bout Chimaev went the space in, which speaks to his pure struggle ending skill, but in addition raises questions over his stamina for a 5 spherical important occasion.
Chimaev has many paths to victory right here, however grappling appears the apparent space that the Dagestani fighter will have the ability to dominate, with 100% takedown defence and 66% takedown accuracy, in comparison with Nate’s 41% takedown defence. This leaves Diaz notably susceptible on this space, with Chimaev priced at 5/2 to win by submission.
The query stays, will Chimaev handle to deal with the strain of a 5 spherical important occasion on his ascent to the highest? The bout seems to be unlikely to go to the judges’ scorecards, with odds on the struggle going the space at 4/1.
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Li Jingliang v Tony Ferguson: Ferguson again to fundamentals
The co-main occasion of the night is one other welterweight match-up, between veteran Tony Ferguson and Chinese language star Li Jingliang. It will mark Ferguson’s first struggle again at 170 kilos since profitable the final word fighter, as he seems to be to rebound from shedding 4 fights on the bounce. Previous to slipping into this shedding streak, Ferguson had amassed a 12-fight win streak, and regardless of the 4 losses to high class opponents in what had been extremely entertaining fights, his report nonetheless stands at 25-6.
“El Cucuy” will enter the bout because the 21/10 underdog, regardless of his completed resume and five-inch attain benefit. It appears secure to imagine this struggle will probably be as extremely entertaining as his earlier match ups, and both of these fighters may put the lights out for his or her opponent. Ferguson is 12/1 to win by knockout on Saturday evening.
Jingliang took residence a efficiency of the evening bonus the final time he visited the octagon, with a shocking second spherical TKO. Within the bout earlier than that, he misplaced to the star of this week’s important occasion, Khamzat Chimaev, in a brutal spherical one submission.
The 34-year-old heads into this bout the 4/11 favorite and will probably be trying to make a push up the rankings ought to this bout finish efficiently for him. His final 4 victories have all come by the use of knockout or technical knockout, with the worth on him to win by these strategies being 6/4 forward of this weekend.
Both method this struggle performs out it seems to be set to be a extremely entertaining match-up. And with each fighters ‘stand and bang’ angle, it additionally seems to be unlikely to go the space at evens, however given each fighters expertise and ability, neither will probably be wanting a nap on the canvas.