UFC 279 has suffered a stunning flip of occasions.
The Khamzat Chimaev-Nate Diaz bout set for Saturday in Las Vegas has been referred to as off after Chimaev missed weight Friday.
As an alternative, Diaz and fellow welterweight Tony Ferguson will sq. off in Saturday’s important occasion, UFC president Dana White announced Friday.
Chimaev got here in 7.5 kilos chubby after tipping the scales at 178.5.
The No. 3-ranked welterweight will now battle Kevin Holland within the co-main occasion. Each bouts may have 5 rounds. Holland, who weighed in Friday morning at 179.5 kilos, was beforehand scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez in a 180-pound catchweight battle.
In the meantime, Rodriguez is ready to tackle Li Jingliang – Ferguson’s authentic opponent – in a three-round bout. Rodriguez weighed in at 179 kilos Friday morning, whereas Li got here in at 170.5 kilos.
UFC 279 acquired off to a tough begin after a number of backstage altercations between fighters compelled White to cancel Thursday’s press convention. White mentioned Chimaev and Holland began the fracas earlier than it spilled over to Diaz’s crew.
Diaz has just one battle left on his present UFC contract.