It might be the final time one in all MMA’s largest stars competes within the octagon and will get the job performed.
The UFC’s intention heading into Nate Diaz’s ultimate contest at Saturday’s UFC 279 was to provide him the hardest potential matchup on the best way out. That is why the group made the matchup between him and Khazmat Chimaev. However these plans got here spiraling down when Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 kilos. Instantly, the bout was scrapped due to the load discrepancy. Scrambling, the UFC made the most effective struggle potential, and it was an ideal one as Diaz took on former interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson in the primary occasion from T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.
And Diaz did not disappoint as he fought a Nate Diaz struggle which has endeared him to followers worldwide and made him a worldwide famous person. He threw center fingers, pointed, and laughed at Ferguson when he cracked him with a tough shot. And the native of Stockton, Calif., completed issues in fashion with a submission victory whereas flexing his muscle tissue on the 2:52 mark of the fourth spherical. DAZN had it scored 29-28 for Ferguson on the time of the guillotine choke.
Heading into the fourth spherical, it gave the impression to be an in depth struggle, however two of the judges had Diaz successful all three rounds whereas the opposite choose had the identical rating as DAZN. Sometimes, the later rounds are when Diaz shifts issues into one other gear. The previous Final Fighter winner did exactly that.
His mixtures had been crisper and had been taking their impact on Ferguson. Lastly, a double left hook despatched Ferguson into the cage. Realizing he was in hassle, Ferguson went for a takedown. Diaz noticed it coming and closed the present. He shortly snatched Ferguson’s neck and locked him within the guillotine choke. He knew the previous interim light-weight champion was performed as he began flexing muscle tissue, and Ferguson tapped as the sector erupted in jubilation.
What’s subsequent for Diaz? Keep within the UFC for a extremely anticipated trilogy conflict with Conor McGregor? Take a boxing match with Jake Paul if he beats Anderson Silva on Oct. 29?
“I need to get out of the UFC for a minute and present all these UFC fighters to take over and personal up one other sport,” Diaz informed Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview. “The way you’re imagined to do it as a result of Conor McGregor did not know do it.”
Here’s what occurred at UFC 279.