UFC 279 has suffered a surprising flip of occasions.
The Khamzat Chimaev-Nate Diaz bout set for Saturday in Las Vegas has been known as off after Chimaev missed weight Friday.
As a substitute, Diaz and fellow welterweight Tony Ferguson will sq. off in Saturday’s foremost occasion, UFC president Dana White announced Friday.
Chimaev got here in 7.5 kilos obese after tipping the scales at 178.5.
The No. 3-ranked welterweight will now combat Kevin Holland within the co-main occasion. Each bouts could 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 combat.
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 received off to a tough begin after a number of backstage altercations between fighters pressured White to cancel Thursday’s press convention. White mentioned Chimaev and Holland began the fracas earlier than it spilled over to Diaz’s group.
Diaz has just one combat left on his present UFC contract.