UFC 279 might have simply opened the door for Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul in a boxing ring. The lead-up to Saturday’s card was chaos, however the aftermath offered us readability.
Diaz emerged victorious in what was his ultimate UFC combat in the intervening time. Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission and set the stage for ventures outdoors of the promotion. The Stockton native didn’t say the phrase “boxing” however hinted sufficient that he’ll step foot right into a boxing ring sooner or later.
In the meantime, the principle Diaz was purported to face, Khamzat Chiamaev,and turned the UFC 279 principal card the wrong way up. to salvage the pay-per-view after it was clear that Diaz wouldn’t combat an opponent who missed weight by 7.5 kilos. Chimiaev and positioned himself as a villain with followers who has loads of fascinating future opponents to contemplate.
CBS Sports activities has sifted via the chaos of UFC 279 and located gold for what’s subsequent to come back.
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Nate Diaz vs. Jake Paul: Diazthroughout his post-fight press convention. He alluded to taking on one other sport in ways in which Conor McGregor didn’t. It is exhausting to assume that Diaz was suggesting something apart from a boxing match with Paul. The 2 have repeatedly known as one another out on social media, however Diaz’s contract with the UFC at all times prevented the pair from earning money collectively. Diaz has now accomplished the phrases of his UFC deal and the door is vast open for a large payday. Diaz suits the invoice of the Paul boxing enterprise to a tee: enormous title, smaller body and no skilled boxing expertise. Paul is scheduled to combat former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on Oct. 29. Win or lose, Diaz vs. Paul is the right follow-up.
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Colby Covington: UFC president Dana White, Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usmanbetween the 2 prime welterweights after the occasions of UFC 278. Meaning Chimaev, particularly after lacking weight, should wait round if he covets a title shot at 170 kilos subsequent. Covington (excluding Usman) is arguably finest suited amongst energetic 170-pounders to cope with Chimaev’s type. He’s additionally in want of an enormous combat to determine himself as a prime contender. White advised reporters on the UFC 279 post-fight press convention that matchmakers are talking with Covington a couple of return later this yr. Chimaev absorbed zero strikes in his combat with Holland and may be capable to make a fast turnaround.
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Robert Whittaker: White was noncommittal on whether or not Chimaev would combat at middleweight or welterweight following his weight miss. Ought to Chimaev transfer up, a combat with Whittaker could be phenomenal. Whittaker is arguably probably the most well-rounded fighter within the sport and has turned again each middleweight not named Israel Adesanya. His defensive wrestling might current an actual problem for Chimaev. The fan dynamic could be fascinating as effectively. Whittaker is likely one of the sport’s most beloved good guys and Chimaev established himself as a principal occasion villain, flipping off followers after placing your complete UFC 279 card in jeopardy. A traditional reserving with intrigue and stakes.