By Philip O’Connor
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) -American Tony Ferguson will step as much as tackle compatriot Nate Diaz in the principle occasion at UFC 279 after Swedish fighter Khamzat Chimaev missed the burden for Saturday’s welterweight showdown by a whopping 7.5 kilos.
The 28-year-old Chimaev tipped the scales at 178.5 kilos, properly over the welterweight restrict of 171, together with his workforce saying a “medical problem” prevented him from chopping weight successfully.
Combating within the final bout of his UFC contract, the 37-year-old Diaz weighed in at 171, as did Ferguson who was attributable to meet Chinese language fighter Li Jingliang within the co-main occasion.
With Diaz and Ferguson now set to conflict, Chimaev will tackle Kevin Holland at a 180-pound catchweight, whereas Li will tackle one other Californian in Daniel Rodriguez.
There was controversy within the build-up to the occasion as Thursday’s information convention was deserted after bother backstage, with Chimaev and Holland stepping into an altercation adopted by a row between Chimaev and the Diaz entourage.
With either side of that scuffle properly represented within the auditorium, UFC president Dana White closed down the information convention rapidly, fairly than danger an outbreak of violence.
“You do not have to be a rocket scientist to determine the place this entire press convention was headed, and there have been so many individuals with all of the camps that when that began that will have been unhealthy,” White advised reporters in a backstage scrum.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police greeted folks arriving for Friday’s official weigh-ins on the UFC’s Apex constructing, and UFC officers stated there could be a powerful safety presence on the ceremonial weigh-ins attributable to happen within the night.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)