When Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 pounds Friday for his scheduled welterweight headliner at UFC 279, it put not solely the battle however seemingly the occasion itself in jeopardy. UFC president Dana White, chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell and the UFC brass spent all day attempting to salvage the scenario.
What they got here up with – and bought each fighter concerned to conform to – was a complete reshuffle of the top three bouts as Diaz will now meet Tony Ferguson within the night time’s headliner. Chimaev is ready to battle Kevin Holland at a 180-pound catchweight within the co-main occasion. And Li Jingiliang, who was supposed to satisfy Ferguson, will battle Daniel Rodriguez, who was presupposed to battle Holland.
All of that for one man’s blunder – Chimaev. However McGregor believes the UFC ought to’ve offered a stern punishment by pulling him and is sending the flawed message him by protecting him on the cardboard to battle Holland (through Twitter):
My opinion they need to have pulled khamzat from the cardboard solely. Reconfiguring bouts, and with a extra favorable bout for the failed cutter, will solely make many others within the sport comply with go well with. The smirks on the dimensions the place sufficient for me. Pull from the cardboard and starve. McG UFC.
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Chimaev has been fully unapologetic about lacking weight, flipping off the media whereas on the dimensions throughout official weigh-ins after which giving a double center finger to followers who booed him throughout the UFC 279 ceremonial weigh-ins Friday.
McGregor, 34, has by no means missed weight in 14 UFC appearances relationship again to the beginning of promotional tenure in 2013.
UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. The primary card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and ESPN+.
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